IATAThe launch of IATA CO2 Connect was made official during the International Air Transport Association’s annual meeting

Last March, IATA unveiled a brand new methodology for calculating CO2 emissions during a passenger service conference. This was the result of work undertaken not only with carriers – 20 airlines contributed – but also with aircraft manufacturers, international standards-setting bodies and logistics service providers. The International Air Transport Association thus assumed the responsibility inherent in its status to face the challenge of standardization, in the face of a global problem to which individual answers are too often proposed.

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Indeed, the climate emergency has not escaped any business travel actor, and initiatives have multiplied in recent years, and accelerated in recent months. The problem is that in order to effectively reduce or offset one’s carbon footprint, one must be able to quantify it. Another problem is that each player has launched its own solution, according to its own criteria. The result is a myriad of thermometers with as many units of measurement, with equally disparate levels of reliability… And therefore travel managers who are moving blindly along the path to eco-responsibility.

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It is therefore up to the most legitimate players to take charge of this issue, in order to provide travel managers and the company as a whole with the most relevant and objective tools. A major step has just been taken with IATA. During its General Assembly in Dubai, the International Air Transport Association unveiled IATA CO2 Connect. This online tool aims to calculate the CO2 emissions for any commercial passenger flight. This is based on raw data provided by the airlines themselves, detailed enough to differ from existing theoretical data models, as the project managers assure. IATA CO2 Connect covers data from 881 airlines, for 57 aircraft types, i.e. 98% of the active fleet today. The data is therefore tested against the methodology developed a few weeks earlier, which includes, for example, a weighting of cabin classes and a multiplier effect to reflect the different configurations of airlines, or their carbon offsetting measures and the integration of FAS.

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According to the project managers, IATA CO2 Connect is aimed at travel agencies, among others.

The tool – which can be integrated via an API – will be supported by a leading launch partner, American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT). The tool – which can be integrated via an API – will be supported by a leading launch partner, American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT). TMC, which has already launched various initiatives on this issue, will thus be able to gain more precision in the information provided to its customers on flight emissions, thus promoting a more responsible choice.

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Flying sustainably and reducing CO2 emissions is a top priority,” summarizes Frederic Leger, IATA’s senior vice president of commercial products and services. ” The aviation industry is striving to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and travelers want to be more aware of their carbon footprint. With IATA CO2 Connect, individuals and business travel managers can get accurate standardized calculations to make the most sustainable choices for their air travel taking into account aircraft types, routes and class of travel. Importantly, the data can be consolidated for corporate reporting purposes,” says Léger.