Business travel

GBTA details its efforts to decarbonize business travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and its charitable arm, the GBTA Foundation, have revealed new developments, including a strategic partnership with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, as part of their efforts to encourage the global business travel industry to reduce carbon emissions.

GBTA is a signatory to the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.

The Glasgow Declaration aims to chart a course for climate action, aligning the sector with global commitments solutions to the many challenges facing businesses and destinations around the world. The association is also a partner of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and should participate in the next Sustainability Summit in Brussels.

Two hundred and thirty organizations committed to the Glasgow Declaration, agreeing to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050.

GBTA says it has also entered into a strategic partnership with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to enhance collaborative action to enable the hospitality industry. One of the pillars of joint action will be to foster the adoption of a consistent approach to carbon measurement for the accommodation sector.

It also recognizes the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, the carbon calculation methodology developed by the Alliance, as a measurement included in GBTA’s Sustainability Toolkit. The Toolkit is a guide for business travel managers to track and improve the environmental performance of their travel programs.

Global Sustainability Summit

Additionally, GBTA will host its first Global Sustainability Summit on November 8, 2022 in Brussels, focused on driving action towards net zero business travel.

The one-day event will bring together speakers, experts, and industry and policy leaders to present concrete solutions to decarbonize business travel in line with the Paris climate goals. It will also take place at the same time as the 27eUnited Nations climate summit in Egypt.

Speakers include:

  • Walter Goetz, chief of staff for European transport
  • Adina Vălean, EU Transport Commissioner
  • Brune Poirson, Director of Sustainable Development at Accor and former French Secretary of State for the Environment
  • Paul Abbott, CEO, American Express Global Business Travel
  • Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
  • Kim Carnahan, Head of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance

Gabrielle Walker, founder and director of Valence Solutions and nonprofit Rethinking Removals, will also talk about climate change and what a low-carbon future for business travel looks like.