Expotel achieves 29 per cent CO2 reduction in two years whilst increasing market share

Expotel, the UK’s leading independent hotel reservations, business travel and conference and event management agency, today announced that it has been awarded CarbonNeutral® company status for the third year, and has also reduced its original carbon footprint by 29 per cent since its 2007 audit.

The CarbonNeutral Company has been working with Expotel to measure the carbon emissions generated by its waste, consumption of energy and business travel, and reductions of these emissions to net zero through a programme implemented in accordance with the CarbonNeutral Protocol.

Throughout the programme Expotel has put in place procedures to reduce the amount of waste it produces through initiatives such as diverting as much waste as possible away from landfill for reuse and recycling where it can’t be eliminated; reducing the energy Expotel used and, avoiding unnecessary travel or choosing the most environmentally friendly mode of transport.

Expotel has also initiated travel plans which include the introduction of discounted travel tickets for staff commuting to work, car sharing schemes and a change in company cars from petrol to diesel.  There is also waste segregation at each office with onsite recycling facilities.  Suppliers of office equipment are requested to return old items and dispose/recycle where possible.  Expotel has also implemented a policy of purchasing recycled paper and monitoring other recycled materials for consideration for purchase when they become available.

“This significant reduction of our emissions by 29 per cent since 2007 is something we are extremely proud of,” says Steve Hall, Expotel’s Client Services Director.  “It is through the efforts of our staff and through policies adopted by Expotel, that we have achieved this amazing result.  We have been able to ensure that our company remains committed to the environment and that we promote an environmentally aware culture within Expotel.”

Steve Hall continues: “Our environmental policy states Expotel is committed to the prevention of pollution through the continual improvement of our processes, the achievement of established environmental objectives and with compliance to all applicable regulatory, statutory or other requirements.  The results we have achieved prove that this policy is upheld by all our staff and works!”

Rebecca Fay, Marketing Director, The CarbonNeutral Company, explains, “We would like to congratulate Expotel in successfully implementing the CarbonNeutral programme for the third year running.  Achieving CarbonNeutral® company status has given Expotel the impetus to reduce its original footprint by 29 per cent, through internal operational changes and the engagement of staff.  We look forward to working with Expotel and making even further reductions.”
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For further information please contact:
Sharon Smith, Expotel Press office
Tel: 020 7880 7302 / 07771 833 856
Email: ssmith@expotel.com

Sharon Corrigan, The CarbonNeutral Company
Tel: 020 7833 6016 / 07827 951631
Email:  sharon.corrigan@carbonneutral.com

Note to Editors:

Expotel
Expotel books over one million room nights per annum in the UK and is the UK’s leading hotel and conference booking agent.  Additional services are provided to cover air, rail and car hire to selected clients in both public and corporate sectors and Expotel is the seventh largest travel management business in the UK.

Expotel is a private business owned by its management team and Phoenix Equity Partners, a leading UK private equity investor.  Phoenix supports UK headquartered growth businesses with capital from its committed £375m fund.  Phoenix has invested in 27 companies since its formation in 2001, and in the majority of cases has supported these companies with additional capital to support growth and enhanced customer service.  Phoenix’s current portfolio consists of 15 businesses, employing in aggregate over 8,000 staff and generating over £1 billion in revenues.

The CarbonNeutral Company
The CarbonNeutral Company (www.carbonneutral.com) is a world leading carbon offset and carbon management business, working with over 300 major businesses and thousands of small and medium sized companies. Over the last ten years, it has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents.

CarbonNeutral® is the registered trademark of The CarbonNeutral Company and is the leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.  Permission to display the CarbonNeutral mark is only given to clients when CO2 emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero through a programme implemented in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. This Protocol assures quality of offset projects, carbon footprint assessments and communication and is regularly reviewed by an Independent Advisory Group.  The ‘audit trail’ includes an annual independent verification of CarbonNeutral programs – from contracts with carbon offset partners through to contracts with clients and everything in between.

The CarbonNeutral Company has two regional operating headquarters in New York and London, as well as an office in Singapore, and a network of affiliates in Japan, Canada, France and UAE.

The CarbonNeutral Company is a founding member of The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), which provides leadership and a unified voice advocating for rigorous industry standards www.icroa.org.