TUI Travel PLC, of which Crystal Ski is part of, launches new three year sustainability strategy

‘Sustainable Holidays Plan 2012-14’ details 20 commitments including a pledge to operate Europe’s most fuel efficient airlines and a seal of approval from Forum for the Future

Building on a 10 year commitment to improving the sustainability of travel, TUI Travel’s new Sustainable Holidays Plan 2012-2014 marks the next step in its journey towards a more sustainable future.

Part of the FTSE4Good Index and Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, a core company value is “Responsible Leadership” and our businesses aspire to practice this across the board, from helping customers to choose ‘greener and fairer’ hotels to making their planes more efficient. TUI Travel’s vision is to make travel experiences special whilst minimising environmental impact, respecting culture and people and bringing economic benefits to communities.

With this in mind, TUI Travel has set itself four goals to achieve by 2015:

  • Deliver 10 million ‘greener and fairer’ holidays
  • Operate Europe’s most fuel-efficient airlines and save more than 20,000 tonnes of carbon from our ground operations
  • Our colleagues will rate TUI Travel as a leader in sustainability
  • Customers to regard TUI Travel as a leader in delivering more sustainable holidays

To achieve these goals, the travel Group has identified 20 challenging and measurable commitments* against which it will report progress on annually.

Commenting on the plan, Peter Long, Chief Executive of TUI Travel PLC said: “Achieving our vision is critical to the future health of our own business, the wider industry, the customers we serve and the communities they visit. Hence our new Sustainable Holidays Plan – four over-arching sustainable development goals, underpinned by 20 challenging and measurable commitments – which businesses across TUI Travel will work to deliver and through which we aim to lead the industry, creating change at scale.’’

Progress towards these targets has already been made by several parts of the Group. For example:

  • TUI Travel’s investment in renewable energy projects in key destinations is due to deliver 1 million tonnes of CO2 savings by 2014
  • £21 million cost savings have been achieved through environmental initiatives between 2008 and 2011**
  • 5,800 of TUI UK & Ireland’s colleagues trained in sustainable tourism in 2011
  • Thomson Airways was the first UK airline to fly customers on sustainable biofuel

Stephanie Draper, Director of Systems Innovation at Forum for the Future added: ‘’This plan recognises the need to combine external engagement with internal performance.  It is great to see a strong commitment to engaging customers in more sustainable holidays, but also pushing the development of new, innovative products that can deliver these holidays in ways that really decouple growth from environmental impact.  This approach shows the increasing maturity of TUI Travel’s sustainability journey – differentiating themselves through sustainability in tricky times and starting to shape the market for a better future.’’

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Note:
Crystal Ski feed into the delivery of the ‘Sustainable Holidays Plan 2012-14’ and set their own sustainability commitments – see http://www.crystalholidays.co.uk/social-responsibility/

For more information about sustainability at TUI Travel visit www.tuitravelplc.com/sustainability

*The 20 Challenging three year commitments to achieving our goals:

  1. We will feature over 3,000 hotels certified as more sustainable
  2. All differentiated hotels will have a credible sustainability certification
  3. 50% of differentiated hotels will have an environmental management standard
  4. Our differentiated hotels will achieve an average 24kWh and 400 litres for energy and water consumption per person per night (reducing our relative energy consumption by 10% and relative water consumption by 20%).
  5. We will invest in projects which drive environmental and socio-economic improvements in key destinations and replicate them elsewhere
  6. TUI Travel will demonstrate responsible leadership by influencing the sustainable management of tourist destinations
  7. TUI Travel’s airlines’ per passenger carbon emissions will reduce by 6% (baseline 2008)
  8. We will trial sustainable biofuel on flights and explore a long term sustainable biofuels strategy
  9. We will recycle cabin waste generated on-board 50% of TUI Travel airline flights
  10. TUI Travel airlines will be ISO 14001 certified (an international environmental management standard)
  11. We will reduce CO2 from our major premises, retail shops and brochure production by 10%
  12. We will make measurable environmental improvements to our water transport operations
  13. We will make measurable environmental improvements to our ground transport operations
  14. We will deliver sustainability training to new colleagues, customer facing colleagues and management development programmes
  15. We will launch a sustainability communications campaign across the Group
  16. Our colleagues will dedicate 100,000 hours to volunteering
  17. We will drive product and process innovations through sustainability
  18. We will engage five million holidaymakers in sustainable tourism
  19. We will reach all customers with improved sustainability communications
  20. We will promote greener and fairer holidays to customers online

** An approximate figure of Group savings that have been tracked, gross of any upfront investments required to achieve those savings between 2008 and 2011. Part of previously identified cost savings

About TUI Travel PLC:

TUI Travel PLC is one of the world’s leading international leisure travel groups operating in approximately 180 countries worldwide. It serves more than 30 million customers in over 31 source markets. Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs approximately 53,000 people and operates a pan-European airline consisting of 145 aircraft. The Group is organised and managed through four business Sectors: Mainstream, Specialist & Activity, Accommodation & Destinations and Emerging Markets. In the financial year ended 30 September 2011, TUI Travel reported revenues of £14.7bn and an underlying operating profit of £471m.

TUI Travel is listed on the London Stock Exchange as a member of the FTSE 250 and FTSE4Good Indices.

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