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TUI Travel Is Serious About Green Leadership

TUI Travel airlines hit carbon reduction target two years early and increase it by 50 percent

Tui_TravelTUI Travel’s airlines have achieved their carbon reduction target of 6 percent two years early. This reduction was achieved through a mixture of operational efficiencies, fuel conservation activities, capacity amendments and airline enhancements.

The Group has now raised the target to a 9 percent relative carbon reduction within the original time scale (2008 – 2014) giving itself only two years to save an additional 3 percent. This progress is unique in the aviation industry.

TUI Travel PLC, the global leader in the leisure travel market, recently released its latest Sustainable Holidays Report. Following on from the launch of last year’s Sustainable Holidays Plan, this report tracks TUI Travel’s progress in the first year of its ambitious three year Plan. TUI Travel created the Plan to drive sustainability best practice across its global brands, having been a strong advocate for sustainable tourism for more than a decade.

In the report TUI Travel proves that green business is good business after saving £16M* during the 2012 financial year through environmental efficiencies.

Data released shows that the leading leisure travel group’s airlines are some of the best in Europe in terms of fuel and carbon efficiency. During 2013 the Group has made significant investments in cutting edge aviation technology such as:

  • Receiving its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is forecast to emit 20 percent less CO2 per passenger than comparable aircraft today.
  • The commitment to purchasing 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with improved fuel-efficiency (2018 delivery).
  • Investment in the new innovative Split Scimitar Winglets, reducing fuel burn by an additional 2 percent.

The Sustainable Holidays Plan comprises 20 challenging and measurable commitments, underpinning four over-arching and stretching goals. These are to operate Europe’s most fuel-efficient airlines and reduce carbon on the ground by 20,000 tonnes; to take 10 million customers on “greener and fairer” holidays; and to be considered a leader in sustainable holidays by colleagues and customers.

You can read the report here.

*An approximate figure of Group savings that have been tracked, gross of any upfront investments required to achieve those savings in 2012. Part of previously identified cost savings.


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