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 is based on a carbon emissions tracking methodology developed by Advito called “GATE4”, short for “Global Commodities for Travel Emissions” across four factors: air, hotel, rail and ground, Advito principal and VP Olivier dit Benoît.
The calculator allows users to include a variety of parameters or “levers” that can be adjusted to reduce emissions, including destination; venue; amenities, such as whether T-shirts will be distributed; the food, for example whether the offerings will be vegetarian; food waste; use of plastic; paper consumption; and hybrid elements, such as the use of video, according to Advito and Benoit. The result is an estimate of CO2 emissions before the event.
“Eventually, we hope that with this tool, there will be more decisions made with less environmental impact for meetings and events,” Benoit said, adding that the calculator is now available for a one-time fee or as a subscription model for businesses. who organize several events.
“We developed our M&E calculator to ensure clients get a true picture of their footprint,” Julien Etchanchu, sustainability collaboration practice lead at Advito, said in a statement. “ISO certification means that the methodologies are accurate, robust and conform to internationally recognized standards. [greenhouse gas] measurement and reporting standards.