ATPCO to Add IATA's CO2 Connect Data to
ATPCO has confirmed that it will add IATA’s CO2
Connect data to its Routehappy API later this year.
Routehappy helps airlines and sales channels to
convey expected 'Amenities' of the onboard experience - including
seat pitch and type, Wi-Fi, power, entertainment and more - to
consumers at the time of booking.
ATPCO plans to create a new Amenity that will use
IATA CO2 Connect data to help shoppers understand the carbon cost
of various itinerary options.
“Routehappy data has been the one-stop shop for
airline merchandising data for years,” said Alex Zoghlin,
President and CEO of ATPCO. “Adding this needed data is
another way for ATPCO to provide more value back to our airline
and channel partners, and in turn the consumers. It’s clear there
is a growing interest from passengers, corporate, travel
management companies and travel agents to receive CO2 information
so they can use it to compare flights and make a more sustainable
choice. IATA’s CO2 Connect offers airline specific fuel burn data
and we are looking forward to making this available to our growing
list of Routehappy Rich Content partners.”
A recent IATA survey shows that nearly two-thirds
of travelers believe they have a responsibility to know the carbon
emissions of their flights, while ATPCO’s annual consumer shopper survey,
published in February 2022, found that 62% of shoppers think it’s
extremely important to compare carbon emissions when flight
shopping and that 63% claim that aircraft specific sustainability
practices would influence the flight they book.
“We know travelers want to understand their
flight’s environmental impact in a consistent, transparent and
trustworthy way and IATA CO2 Connect is the most accurate tool
providing this information,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director
General. “ATPCO customers will be able to make travel decisions
using carbon calculations benefitting from top quality.”
Launched in June 2022, IATA CO2 Connect provides
airline specific actual fuel burn information and load factors, setting it apart from theoretical data models which also exist
on the market.
IATA CO2 Connect uses actual fuel burn data from 74 aircraft
types, representing ~98% of the active global passenger fleet, and
considers traffic data from 881 aircraft operators representing
~93% of global air travel.
The methodology includes factors such as:
- Guidance on fuel measurement, aligned with the
Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation
- Clearly defined scope to calculate CO2 emissions
in relation to airlines’ flying activities;
- Guidance on non-CO2 related emissions and
Radiative Forcing Index (RFI);
- Weight based calculation principle: allocation
of CO2 emission by passenger and belly cargo;
- Guidance on passenger weight, using actual and
- Emissions factor for conversion of jet fuel
consumption to CO2, fully aligned with CORSIA;
- Cabin class weighting and multipliers to reflect
different cabin configurations of airlines; and
- Guidance on carbon offsets and sustainable
aviation fuel (SAF) as part of the CO2 calculation.