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About KlimaLink

Our goal is to make the climate footprint of travel visible in order to enable consumers to make more climate-conscious travel decisions.

Our goal is to make the climate footprint of travel visible in order to enable consumers to make more climate-conscious travel decisions.

Our one-stop platform displays the carbon footprint of individual travel components and entire trips at the point of sale. Arrival and departure by flight, bus and train can be compared, as well as different accommodation and hire car categories and will at a later date also provide data for cruises and activities. This way, consumers can be made aware of more climate-friendly options simply and specifically during the booking process and when seeking advice.

Our emissions platform

What is needed for this?

  • Calculation standards that are based on scientific facts and are widely used in the tourism industry;
  • Emissions data from service providers (flight, train, bus, car, accommodation, cruise, excursions and activities in the holiday region);
  • travel companies that display the calculated climate footprints in their sales channels and thus make them accessible to consumers
  • and a one-stop platform that makes all emission data available to users at the moment of enquiry via the booking system.

This one-stop platform will be provided by KlimaLink in 2024, making the required emission data easily accessible to the tourism industry on the basis of a uniform calculation standard.

Foundation of the association

KlimaLink e.V. was founded in October 2022 by the sustainability initiative Futouris e.V. and the german Travel Association DRV. Since day one, our now 35 member companies (as of February 2024) have been involved in various working groups to establish industry-wide recognised calculation standards and implement them in their booking systems. They all want to ensure that travelling will also be possible for future generations. This can only be achieved by reducing the industry's climate-damaging emissions.

A first, decisive step towards climate neutrality is transparency: by calculating and presenting the emissions caused in a standardised way, we can create the basis for more climate-friendly travel and prioritise this in future upon offering and booking travel components.

Our calculation standards

The desire for a uniform calculation of climate-damaging emissions has increased significantly in the industry and business travellers and holidaymakers are increasingly asking about the actual climate footprint caused by their trips. In addition, the EU CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) is becoming relevant for more and more companies and travel emissions are mandatory as part of reporting.

There are already various methods for calculating greenhouse gas emissions in tourism. However, these do not delimit the CO2e emissions in a standardised way and determine the emissions using different approaches and accuracies. The aim of KlimaLink is to make CO2e emissions available to all users in the industry on the basis of a uniform calculation standard (consisting of various methods).

To this end, the KlimaLink standards for individual travel components are developed in working groups consisting of experts from our member and the scientific community and are based on the following criteria:

  • CO2e emissions are recorded systematically and with a high degree of accuracy.
  • The CO2e emissions of different service providers (flight, hotel, cruise, etc.) can be compared and categorised.
  • The calculations are accurate enough to show travellers options for reducing climate emissions even before they book.
  • The calculations are accurate enough to compare combined travel products of different types on the basis of absolute CO2e emissions.
  • The various methods are based entirely on travel input data that is available to the travel industry as standard in the systems of tour operators and travel agents.
  • The standard provides a unique CO2e value for each input of travel components worldwide. To this end, the individual methods specify fallback hierarchies that require less and less specific input data in descending tiers (method variants) in order to always deliver the best result under the circumstances.

There is already agreement on the calculation method for flights, rail, bus/car and hotels. These will be visible in booking systems as from summer 2024. Calculation standards for other components will follow shortly, until all travel components can be covered by the end of 2024.

  • Flight (from mid 2024)
  • Rail (from mid 2024)
  • Bus/car (from mid 2024)
  • Hotel/accommodation (from mid 2024)
  • Cruise/ferry (in 2024)
  • Activity and mobility on site (in 2024)

Our calculation standards are dynamic and are continuously adapted to the latest scientific findings. They will be published here as soon as our emissions platform displays the respective travel component.

Vorstandsvorsitzende, Swantje Lehners

Chairwoman of the Board

Swantje Lehners
stellv. Vorstandsvorsitzender, Ralf Hieke

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Ralf Hieke
Vorstandsmitglied, Andreas Ochse

Member of the Board

Andreas Ochse
Vorstandsmitglied, Laura Steden

Member of the Board

Laura Steden
Vorstandsmitglied, Pascal Zahn

Member of the Board

Pascal Zahn
Geschäfstführerin Saskia Sanchez

Managing Director

Saskia Sánchez Buitrago