TUI Travel’s airlines have reached a target to reduce carbon by 6% two years earlier than the original deadline.
The group said a mixture of operational, fuel conservation, capacity changes and general enhancements to its fleet had helped hit the target, which has now been increased to 9% for the same time scale (2008-2014).
The news came as the group released its Sustainable Holidays Report today, tracking the progress of the first year of ts three-year Sustainable Holidays Plan, 2012. The group is estimated to have saved GBP16 million through environmental initiatives and has 80,000 more customers staying in hotels with sustainability certifications (now at 2m).
Highlights in the aviation sector include the delivery and order of more efficient aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 60 Boeing 737MAX.
The other target reached by the group in 2012 was to reduce the Co2 from its retail shops and brochure production by 10%, which has now been extended to 15% for year-end 2014.
Talking to Travel Daily recently, Jane Ashton, director of group sustainable development at TUI said aside from the airline achievements, other highlights had included the Travelife accreditation, its recent beach clear-ups during Make Holidays Greener month and the Eco-Traveller schools programme. Inclusion in businesses indexes such as the FTSE4Good have also highlighted the work the group has done, although there is still a lot of work to be done in some areas. More from our interview with Ashton will come later this week.
“Many of our targets are on track, but some are proving challenging, and in those instances we will re-double our efforts to make further progress by 2015,” Ashton added. “Meanwhile the global sustainability challenges remain as pressing as ever – for example, the impacts of eco-system degradation and climate change on the environment and communities in our holiday destinations, and on the holiday experience.”
While the group saw a near double in the number of those taking sustainable holidays, its 2 million is a way off from its 10m proposed, while currently 850 of its hotels have sustainable certification in comparison to its 3,000 target.