10 May, 2007: Galileo´s parent Travelport has unveiled a raft of ´green´ initiatives to tie in with this week´s global summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Lisbon.
The company has partnered with Sustainable Travel International (STI) and MyClimate to launch a carbon offset programme for the 600 people attending the conference.
"As a provider of travel services worldwide, we are cognizant of the issues and are committed to do our part to preserve the environment," said Travelport CEO and president Jeff Clarke.
"At the core of all ´carbon considerate´ initiatives is the management of carbon emissions; a difficult task that requires accurate data gathering, calculation and reporting solutions.
"Air travel, although currently less than 5% of all CO2 emissions, is one of the fastest growing contributors to the release of harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
"Galileo, our GDS business, processes some 800,000 air transactions per day and is well-suited to help the industry measure its carbon footprint."
He said Galileo is currently working toward the introduction of a new customer tool, for suppliers and travel agents, that will accurately measure carbon emissions.
Clarke continued: "As a global company, Travelport has a growing company-wide ecological focus on RE-using, RE-ducing, RE-cycling and RE-covering.
"We have nearly eliminated paper-based employee communications and employ the Web and other digital means to reach our more than 8,000 associates working in 130 countries around the world.
"Travelport companies are using energy-saving lighting systems and will continue adding eco-friendly alternatives to everyday routines."