Advito and BCD Meetings & Events have developed what they claim is the first ISO-certified emissions calculator for meetings and events, the companies announced Sunday at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego. Both companies are part of BCD Travel.
The tool is ISO-certified and based on a carbon emissions tracking methodology developed by Advito called “GATE4,” short for “global amenities for travel emissions” for four factors: air, hotel, rail and land, Advito principal and VP Olivier. Benoit said.
The calculator allows users to include a number of parameters or “levers” that can be adjusted to reduce emissions, including destination; the place of the event; facilities, such as whether t-shirts will be distributed; food, such as whether the offerings will be vegetarian; food waste; use of plastic; use of paper; and hybrid elements, such as the use of video, according to Advito and Benoit. The result is an estimate of pre-event CO2 emissions.
“Ultimately, we hope that thanks to this tool, more decisions with lower environmental impact will be made about meetings and events,” said Benoit, adding that the calculator is now available for a one-time fee or as a subscription model for corporations. that run multiple events.
“We developed our M&E calculator to ensure customers are getting a true picture of their footprint,” Advito’s sustainable collaboration practice leader Julien Etchanchu said in a statement. “ISO certification means that the methodologies are accurate, robust and in line with internationally recognized ones [greenhouse gas] measurement and reporting standards.”