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IATA launches new flight emissions calculator

IATA CO2 Connect provides accurate data for commercial passenger flights

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA CO2 Connect, an online tool that provides the most accurate CO2 emissions calculations available for commercial passenger flights. 

In response to growing consumer demand, IATA CO2 Connect gives airline-specific CO2 data transparency, sharing actual fuel burn information and load factors, which set it apart from the theoretical data models that currently exist.

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The tool is available to companies both in and outside the travel value chain, such as travel management companies, travel agencies, airlines or multinational corporations.

These entities can access the relevant CO2 emissions data and integrate it into their existing flight booking tools in a customised manner.

IATA’s launch partner for CO2 Connect is B2B travel platform, American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT). The travel management company manages more than US$40 billion in travel sales annually.

By providing its customers with the most accurate and reliable flight emissions data, it aims to enable them to make better-informed booking decisions.  

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Speaking about the launch, IATA senior vice president for Commercial Products & Services, Frederic Leger said: “Flying sustainably and cutting CO2 emissions is a top priority. The aviation sector is working to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and travellers want to be more aware of their carbon footprint.

“With IATA CO2 Connect, individuals and corporate travel managers can get standardised 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.”  

Companies interested in accessing IATA CO2 Connect can integrate the data into existing travel management solutions via Application Programming Interface (API) or flat file technology/format.   

For more information, visit www.iata.org

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