BCD’s TripSource now displays CO2 emissions

TripSource® by BCD Travel now shows users the environmental impact of flights. That means travelers and travel arrangers can easily see how their booking choices affect the environment. They can weigh CO2 emissions estimates against other factors like cost, planning and convenience to make good travel choices.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends that all emissions be halved by 2030 to reach net zero by 2050. Travel is responsible for a considerable amount of those emissions. Showing what flights have less emissions is a way to steer travelers in the right direction.

Saurin Shah, VP, Travel Experience & Commerce, BCD Travel

TripSource can estimate carbon emissions for nearly all flights. The estimate is visible next to the class of service and rules for baggage. Along with estimated usage, TripSource color codes emissions ratings as high, typical, and low. Typical emissions are the median carbon emissions of a searched route. The median is calculated as the middle value of all the possible carbon emissions per route and considers all available dates and flights. Carbon emission estimates for each flight are compared to the route’s median. TripSource uses the European Environmental Agency (EEA) emission estimates as its source, along with data provided by third parties such as airlines. The data includes plane type and seating layout.

“Corporations have major roles to play in lowering and avoiding emissions. Implementing solutions to understand the impact of each flight is a first step forward to educate travelers and incentivize travelers to book lower emissions options,” said Saurin Shah, Vice President, Travel Experience & Commerce, at BCD.  

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