The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has unveiled IATA CO2 Connect, a digital tool which utilizes real-world airline data to offer transparent CO2 emission calculations for commercial passenger flights. According to a statement by IATA, “This sets it apart from theoretical data models that already exist on the market today.”
IATA CO2 Connect Offers Accuracy, Transparency Into Carbon Emissions
As the organization explains, the use of actual data means that IATA CO2 Connect offers the most accurate carbon emissions readings of any tool currently in use within the airline industry. The tool uses IATA’s CO2 Calculation Methodology – which takes into account a wide variety of verified data, including guidance on passenger weight and cabin configurations – to provide emissions readings.
The methodology itself was created as part of a wider collaborative effort between 20 separate airlines and multiple major aircraft manufacturers. A number of logistical services providers and standards bodies also contributed to the creation of IATA’s CO2 calculation methodology. American Express Global Business Travel (AMEX GBT) is the launch partner for IATA CO2 Connect.
Airlines, multinational corporations, travel management companies, travel agents and airlines can access the calculator, which enables users to view emissions data and to even amalgamate it into their flight booking details. IATA CO2 Connect also allows users to view emissions per route and to incorporate this data into a report. As a tool, IATA believes that IATA CO2 Connect offers companies and their customers a truly accurate and transparent insight into their unique carbon footprint.
Commenting on the launch of the tool, Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products & Services, said, “Flying sustainably and cutting CO2 emissions is a top priority. The aviation sector is working to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and travelers want to be more aware of their carbon footprint. With IATA CO2 Connect, individuals and corporate travel managers can get standardized accurate calculations to make the most sustainable choices for their air travel taking into consideration aircraft types, routings and class of service. Importantly, data can be consolidated for corporate reporting purposes.”
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