New York, January 15, 2007 - Ovation Travel Group, the 11th largest corporate travel management company in the United States, today announced a new initiative, ECOvation, to make its business travel carbon neutral and is leading the way to carbon neutral business travel by offering this initiative to its clients.
Ovation Travel Group, working in conjunction with Carbonfund.org, a leading national environmental non-profit organization, determined the carbon footprint (the total carbon dioxide emissions) of its business travel and is offsetting its carbon footprint by investing in clean, renewable energy. Ovation Travel Group will invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects to offset the metric tons of CO2 produced through its business travel in 2006 as well as for the future.
“As a company, we realize the impact of the travel industry on our environment and we believe in corporate social responsibility. That is why we are implementing this new ECOvation initiative,” commented Paul Metselaar, Chairman and CEO, Ovation Travel Group. “We want to help lead the way to a cleaner, greener environment by bringing this initiative to our clients.”
Along with offsetting its own carbon footprint, Ovation Travel Group will make this ECOvation initiative available to its clients. The ECOvation initiative provides a simple way for any company to invest in carbon offsets to help neutralize their impact on climate change. Participants in the initiative can take part at whatever level they are comfortable with including offsetting all or a portion of their business’s carbon emissions and reducing their emission baseline where possible. The process is simple and easy to start.
“Ovation and their clients are leading the way in the fight against global warming and proving that companies can meet the triple bottom line - profits, people and planet - in a simple and effective manner that will have tremendous environmental impact,” said Eric Carlson, Executive Director of Carbonfund.org.“ I applaud Ovation for taking this step, and we are delighted to be working with them.”
About Ovation Travel Group
Ovation Travel Group is a $350 million corporate travel management company providing comprehensive travel solutions to over 300 leading professional services firms and corporations, representing over 200,000 travelers. Ovation’s travel management solutions include corporate travel spend analysis and travel policy development; customized reporting; proactive vendor negotiations; air, hotel, train and car reservations; leisure travel; risk management solutions; and meeting and special events planning. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in New York, Ovation is among the top 11 travel management companies in the US. Ovation Travel Group includes Ovation Corporate Travel, The Lawyers’ Travel Service, and Ovation Vacations. Ovation is a member of the global travel company RADIUS and operates in over 90 countries.
Carbonfund.org is a national non-profit organization leading the fight against climate change. Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org is reducing the threat of climate change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org works with over 100 corporate and non-profit partners including the National Wildlife Federation, Dell, Ovation Travel Group and Working Assets.