Sydney, February 16, 2021 – American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), the world’s leading business partner for managed travel, today announced they are offering Australian clients a new feature to help meet carbon targets as part of their broader sustainability goals.

“We were the first global travel management company to offset 100% of our own employees’ business travel emissions and we want to make it easier for our clients to do the same with their employees,” said Jo Sully, GBT’s Vice President and General Manager for APAC.

The company has launched a new sustainability feature in their business travel software for Australian clients to accurately measure and report on employee carbon emissions associated with flights, accommodation and car hire. These emissions are offset by Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM), Australia’s most experienced carbon offset provider.

“We looked for a partner who would complement GBT’s suite of global environmental initiatives and with TEM we can also offer clients a world-leading, but distinctly Australian program. Through this new feature our clients can combine sustainability goals with the investment into local community projects such as fire management programs in Arnhem Land, owned exclusively by Aboriginal people,” she said.

TEM, Australia’s largest buyer of voluntary offsets, is providing GBT with its BlueHalo software which quickly calculates carbon emissions of a customer’s journey and offsets this in one simple step. Peter Castellas, TEM CEO, believes customers will respond positively to the initiative to make travel more carbon neutral.

“BlueHalo seamlessly integrates into the GBT booking system and instantly calculates the emissions associated with any flight itinerary, anywhere on the planet. It’s robust, sophisticated and easily tailored to clients’ changing needs. Through the partnership with GBT and the deployment of BlueHalo, we are empowering corporate travellers to join a growing global community of people taking action on climate change.”

Castellas said TEM’s internationally-verified environmental projects are delivering life-changing benefits to vulnerable communities around the world.

“GBT is supporting projects that nurture Indigenous culture, protect irreplaceable habitats and provide important social benefits to families around the world. We’re excited about working with a powerful global brand and making powerful global impacts.”

The carbon offset program is available now and clients can speak with their GBT account manager to activate this functionality in the travel software.

The program complements GBT’s recent announcement with Carbonfund.org Foundation and Carbon Footprint where GBT customers can purchase carbon offsets on preferred terms.

To view GBT’s full Environmental, Social and Governance Report for 2019 please visit: https://staging.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com/corporate-social-responsibility/

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About American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and employees prosper by making sure travellers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organise meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.

Media contacts:

Patricia Waghorn

Director Communications APAC

+61 447 745 927

 

About TEM

Established in 2014, Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM) is Australasia’s most trusted carbon offset partner and is providing GBT with its BlueHalo climate technology. TEM’s verified environmental projects deliver life-changing benefits to vulnerable communities at home and abroad. TEM is a certified B Corporation, member of CMI and signatory to the Australian Carbon Industry Code of Conduct.

Media contacts:

Elise Margaritis

Creative Director

+61 408 359 977

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world’s leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and employees prosper by making sure travellers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organise meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.