American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) has made robust
efforts to rally the public and private sectors, lobby the government,
and build multilateral collaboration.
Joining the World Economic Forum
In 2022, it was the only TMC to have a seat at the table with over
160 private and public industry leaders at the Forum. Powering the
transition to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is one of the Forum’s
focus areas where Amex GBT hopes to make an impact. By signing the WEF
Clean Skies for Tomorrow ambition statement, it aims to help the
aviation sector achieve 10% SAF by 2030.
Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) pledge
By signing the Net Zero Carbon Events (NZCE) pledge – a joint
commitment across the events industry – the TMC wants to build an NZCE
industry framework that is in line with the United Nations’ Framework
Convention on Climate Change. That includes developing a common approach
to reducing and measuring events’ greenhouse gas emissions.
Eloísa Urrutia, head of sustainability at Amex GBT Meetings &
Events, added her thoughts on the pledge and its framework and metrics:
“It’s vital that we all speak the same language when we want to
implement sustainability targets into meetings and events.”
Many clients have a goal in place to halve emissions by 2030.
Reducing emissions is key to reaching net zero but when it is not
possible, carbon compensation projects like reforestation offer an
Said Nicole Sautter, manager of global sustainability at Amex GBT:
“Climate finance should be directed towards projects that are
independently verified, supporting ecosystems and communities most
affected by the adverse effects of climate change.”
Climate tech provider, CHOOOSE, gives clients the option to select a
carbon compensation project on an online platform that has a portfolio
UK Jet Zero Council
The TMC has also become a member of the Council’s SAF Delivery
Group’s Mandate and Commercialization subgroups. The Council helps
overcome the economic and technical barriers that limit SAF production
and offers a broad framework for zero-emission flights in the UK.
Sautter said, “SAF is the most viable option for reducing emissions
in the short-to-medium term although it still represents only a tiny
portion of the global fuel supply.”
· Shell Aviation collaboration - clients can invest in SAF to meet
their company’s overall environmental goals, and benefit from
measurement tools and consultants to guide and optimise their investment
while gaining access to Avelia, a leading blockchain-powered digital
SAF book-and-claim solutions for business travel.
· Contributing to the Biden Administration SAF Grand Challenge – it
aims to increase the production of SAF to 3 billion gallons by 2030, and
35 billion gallons by 2050 in the US through advocacy with the
Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.
· Joining the SAF Blender’s Tax Credit Coalition, where more than 50
aviation industry stakeholders are committed to building a strong SAF
industry and decarbonising aviation.
· Contributing to the UK Parliament’s Fuelling the Future: Motive
Power and Connectivity inquiry. It examines how the government’s fuel
policy will affect connectivity, capacity, and sustainability across all
transport modes, including motor vehicles, shipping, rail, and aviation
· Launch partner with IATA’s CO2 Connect - clients now have flight
emissions data based on fuel burn information, load factors, and other
· Following Science Based Targets (SBTi) criteria which are based on
emission-reduction pathways that are consistent with the Paris
Agreement. The TMC has submitted its emission-reduction targets and
plans to present them for validation by the end of 2023.