GBTA seeks outstanding achievers

Nominations have opened for awards that will recognise achievements in sustainability among business travel companies and individuals throughout Europe.

The Global Business Travel Association, whose Project Icarus certification programme promotes sustainability in corporate travel, runs the awards. The Project Icarus Outstanding Achievement Awards are open to suppliers, buyers, intermediaries and individuals or teams that have demonstrated sustainable practices in the corporate travel arena.

The four categories are:

Suppliers: Including air, rail, hotel, ground providers, etc.

Intermediaries: Such as technology partners, TMCs, card providers or GDSs.

Buyers: Travel and meetings purchasers.

Professional: An award for a person or team.

The GBTA says it will be looking for initiatives and practices that are "unique, ground breaking or just simply outstanding". Applications must be supported by statistics that measure the impact of programmes and return on investment. Evidence must also be provided of work carried out to further the Project Icarus goals across environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Entries are open to companies with a global or regional headquarters in Europe and close on October 3. The winners will be revealed at the GBTA's annual European conference in Frankfurt on November 9-11.

The winners have been announced for a similar event for North America-based companies.

Enterprise Holdings, whose carbon-friendly fleet and programmes including rideshare and car share, together with a $35 million investment in renewables research that impressed the judges; won the Travel Supplier prize.

The Travel Buyer trophy was taken by Barclays PLC North America, which showed "clear CO2 metrics, targets, reductions, defined processes and stakeholder engagement programmes".