June 15, 2024

Sustainability news briefs

Charlote Manthe, formerly Senior Travel Management Manager for SAP Concur, has joined Thrust Carbon as Lead Customer Success. Joining her is Ellen Laird, who will be “massively dialling up” the company’s marketing, internal processes and support capabilities.

Air Canada has announced a purchase agreement for 30 ES-30 electric-hybrid aircraft under development by Heart Aerospace of Sweden. The revolutionary regional aircraft, expected to enter service in 2028, will generate zero emissions flying on battery power and yield significant operational savings and benefits. Under the agreement, Air Canada has also acquired a US$5 million equity stake in Heart Aerospace.

EU Travel Tech, the Brussels-based industry advocacy association, is hosting a webinar entitled ‘Business Travel: A Catalyst for the Green Transition in Travel and Tourism?’ on September 30 at 10am UK time/11am CET. The event is free to attend. Speakers include Petar Vitanov, Member of the European Parliament, Jason Geall, Senior Vice President & General Manager EMEA, American Express Global Business Travel, and Gehan Colliander, Global Head of Travel, Boston Consulting Group.

Aircraft leasing company, SMBC Aviation Capital, has launched a sustainability solution for its airline customers, including an initial $53.3 million investment in high quality carbon credit programmes that align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It says the programme will help airlines deliver on their ESG strategies by providing access to a portfolio of carbon credits certified by leading carbon standards in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), alongside one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the world. It will introduce a carbon credit programme to help airlines execute on their CORSIA commitments.