Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Sabre Holdings - best aviation carbon calculator

A report by Dr Christian Jardine of the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at Oxford University's Centre for the Environment has concluded that the air emissions carbon calculator from Sabre Holdings is “the most detailed aviation carbon calculator in existence”.

It seems that calculating aviation emissions is a complex process, having to take into account a series of factors, including (among other things) the plane type, the engine type, seating configuration and freight load. The report, entitled 'Calculating the Carbon Dioxide Emissions of Flights', looked at calculation methodologies from Defra (the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO - a UN agency), ClimateCare (an aviation carbon calculator developed in conjunction with ECI) and Sabre Holdings. Sabre came out on top - full details are here.

For those who don't know, Sabre Holdings merchandises and retails travel products and provides distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry. Its offerings include an online travel service, a global distribution system connecting travellers with travel agents and a range of decision-support tools, reservations systems and consulting services for airlines.

It just goes to show that there are a lot of opportunities for niche solutions providers to make their mark in green IT. At the moment much of the development of methodologies and standards is at an early stage, led by public sector bodies, giving commercial enterprises plenty of room to innovate. And you have to believe that at some point in the future every airline will need to be running software like this and will eventually be competing to show how accurate and detailed the figures are.

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