sustainability

WTTC announces Net Zero Roadmap for Travel and Tourism Industry

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the launch of a Net Zero Roadmap for the Travel and Tourism sector to support the industry in combatting climate change during its virtual climate week event in New York, US. WTTC also announced the launch of new social and environmental research data, the first time such data will be produced across the whole sector. The project builds on the ...

Copenhagen’s sustainability takes it to the top of the Safe Cities Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), has released its fourth edition of the Safe Cities Index (SCI), which ranks 60 cities worldwide across five continents. It measures the nature of urban safety, with 76 indicators organised along five pillars: personal, health, infrastructure, digital, and, new this year, environmental security. In each of the last three iterations, Tokyo, Singapore, and O...

Berlin joins GSTC, underlines sustainability drive

Berlin has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), an organisation aimed to establish and manage global standards for travel and tourism. In joining the GSTC, visitBerlin, Berlin’s official tourism organisation, is demonstrating its intent to develop Berlin’s image as a green and sustainable city. Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin, commented: “Our membership of the Global Sustainab...

Green is the word: Avantgarde launches new sustainability agency

Global brand experience agency, Avantgarde, announced, 29 July, the launch of Green Game, the first German agency focused on sustainability in sponsoring, in partnership with former professional skier, Felix Neureuther, and cemano communication founder, Marc Socher. The new agency was founded to make a contribution to sustainability topics such as social justice, inclusion and education. Avantgard...

BCD Travel remains Platinum for sustainability

For a second year, corporate travel management company BCD Travel has earned the special distinction of Platinum from EcoVadis, a sustainability ratings provider. The rating was gained via an independent sustainability assessment and the Platinum rating, maintains BCD’s position in the top 1% of the 75,000 companies currently assessed by EcoVadis. Sharon Dirks, director of sustainability at BCD, s...

Hilton launches carbon neutral business meetings in the UK

Global hospitality company Hilton has partnered with social enterprise South Pole to offset the carbon footprint of meetings and events across almost 30 properties in the UK. Initially launched in The Netherlands in May, the offer has been extended to approximately 60 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with plans to roll out further in the coming months. The initiative has be...

Copenhagen CVB launches new sustainability guide for event planners

Wonderful Copenhagen, the convention bureau of the Danish capital, has launched a new Copenhagen Sustainability Guide. The guide offers a “holistic and hands-on” guide to staging green events in the city. It is an extension of the bureau’s ‘Tourism for good’ strategy. It is based on interviews with organisers about their work and needs. It provides case studies and ideas for how events can set amb...

Delta and BCD Travel sign industry-first sustainable fuel agreement

Delta Air Lines and BCD Travel USA LLC have signed the first ever sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) agreement for a travel management company. The agreement helps address emissions from BCD employee travel and, as one of the largest travel management agencies in the world, bolsters the future of sustainability in the travel industry. Amelia DeLuca, Delta’s managing director of sustainability, said: ...

A helping Hannuwa

Look to nature for regenerative event management, says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, who highlights here some of the findings from the Regenerative Revolution report, co-created by IMEX.   We partnered with Guy Bigwood, managing director, Global Destination Sustainability Movement, to create the Regenerative Revolution report in order to encourage a frank and fearless conversation abou...

Global Reporting Initiative releases new SDG reporting tool

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has made it easier for companies to report on how they are meeting the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). A new version of GRI’s report ‘Linking the SDGs and the GRI standards’ has been released as a free resource. It gives a breakdown of the targets under each of the 17 SDGs and maps them to the GRI Standards. There are also a suite of tools on how to i...