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Reporting from IT&CM China and CT&TW China in Shanghai
Green RFP is red hot trend  
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Raini Hamdi, Shanghai  (2007-04-25)

MORE corporations now want to track the impact their travel has on the environment, and travel managers and TMCs are scrambling to understand and meet this need, identified as the "fastest emerging corporate trend" over the last year.

TMCs such as Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) now have tools such as a Carbon Calculator and also provide clients with detailed CO2 (carbon dioxide) Emissions Reports. CEO, Mr David Radcliffe, speaking at the opening session of yesterday's Corporate Travel & Technology World China, told the daily: "In all my years in the industry, I have never seen a product that is attracting so much interest."

One HRG report said by the end of this year, more than 90 per cent of HRG clients would want CO2 Emissions Reports.

Mr Radcliffe said: "The trend is increasing in Europe, growing in the US and even in Asia."

HRG's Carbon Calculator measures the CO2 produced by a flight and the cost to offset it, which companies can track and "give back" by, say, planting a tree or donating to a green cause.

For instance, a return trip from Shanghai to Singapore of one person produces 1,271kg of CO2 and the cost to offset this is US$23, based on computation by the c-change trust (www.thec-changetrust.org), a UK charity dedicated to offsetting carbon emissions.