Egencia, the business-travel management solution from Expedia Group, released a self-service carbon emissions workspace with dashboards for hotels and air to customers through Egencia Analytics Studio. The new dashboards provide organizations with real-time data, reporting and insights to optimize their travel program.
The dashboards for air and hotels use data visualization to give business-travel managers a real-time view of the carbon emissions resulting from their company’s flights and hotel stays. Available through the Egencia Analytics Studio, travel managers can view trends, make comparisons and apply filters to perform companywide analysis or measure the effects of a single trip or traveler.
“There is no planet B. We have a great impact on our planet and the ones living on it,” said Harald Bjugstad-Holm, director of sustainability at Nordic Choice Hotels. “There’s a lot of attention on data and backing what you do with evidence, which is essential for driving sustainability work in the right direction. We have an obligation [to customers] to be more transparent about our environmental footprint and find more common measurements so they can make informed choices.”
Using Egencia Analytics Studio as the central workspace for reporting and visualizing travel programs, travel managers have the actionable insights to optimize their program. The new dashboards provide the ability to visualize carbon-emissions data by top-producing departments, travelers, hotels and flight routes. According to the company, with this data, organizations are able to adopt more environmentally friendly travel and accommodations options as part of their travel programs, such as increasing the price cap so travelers can book direct flights, or use more eco-friendly hotels, while also supporting suppliers that have invested in solutions to attract business from customers who prioritize sustainable travel.
Egencia consultants work with customers to review the data and recommend ways to achieve their business-travel program’s sustainability goals.
The carbon-emissions workspace dashboards use a proprietary algorithm, developed by Egencia data scientists, based on international industry standards for tracking carbon emissions. These standards were developed by the U.K.’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and are viewed by government regulators as the benchmark for estimating travel carbon emissions. Egencia customers can use the data provided in their carbon-emissions workspace for tax and regulatory purposes, where required, the company noted.