British Airways has announced a special partnership with Travel Places to provide clients with a new industry-leading option to reduce their carbon footprints.
Certified for ISO 20121: Sustainable Event Management since 2022, Travel Places is a travel management company that supports clients who want to make more sustainable choices around their travel plans.
Working in partnership with British Airways, Travel Places is now offering clients the opportunity to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is currently provided through the airline’s multi-year partnership with Phillips 66 Limited. Located near Immingham, the refinery uses waste cooking oil as the feedstock and, according to British Airways, the SAF that is produced provides life-cycle emissions reductions of over 80 per cent compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuel.
By purchasing a percentage of SAF, Travel Places’ clients can address their carbon footprint and the Scope 3 emissions indirectly linked to their business travel, while in turn supporting further investment and the scale-up of SAF.
Travel Places clients receive a certificate, followed by further certification once the SAF has been supplied. This is currently done via existing pipeline infrastructure feeding directly into London Heathrow through British Airways’ partnership with Phillips 66.
“Our clients deliver incredible events that have a positive impact on so many lives,” said Nick Warren, joint managing director at Travel Places, “but there is recognition of the impact that travel to these events can have on resources, society and the environment.
“We are committed to developing solutions that will support our clients as they continue to make progress towards ambitious sustainability goals. It is by working together that we can have the greatest positive impact, so we are delighted to be working with British Airways on this initiative, which demonstrates our shared commitment towards a more sustainable future for our industry.”
Added Carrie Harris, director of sustainability at British Airways, “At British Airways, we believe that sustainable aviation fuel can be a game-changer and our continued investment in its development is just one of the ways we plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.
“By Travel Places giving its clients the opportunity to purchase SAF, companies are able to better understand and address their emissions and support the advancement, production and commercial rollout of SAF to help reduce aviation’s reliance on fossil fuels.”
Travel Places is considered the UK’s leading travel management company for the sports, media and entertainment industries, with 45 years’ experience fulfilling group travel requirements for events such as Formula One, the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics and Paralympics. Its entertainment division manages travel for international music artists including Becky Hill and Jason Derulo.
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