Technology for tourism sustainability

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Technology for tourism sustainability
Roberto Francisco Senestrari, Amadeus
Wed August 07, 2019

Roberto Francisco Senestrari, Head of Industry Affairs for Latin America at Amadeus shares with us a column explaining how the company achieved better levels of productivity and reduced CO2 emissions

By Roberto Francisco Senestrari, Head of Industry Affairs for Latin America.
The risks that climate change entails for our way of life as we know it are more real than ever. The issue is discussed in large international meetings, in the design of public policies, among non-governmental organizations, and among multinational companies. We hardly spend a day without learning about any novelty related to the environment and our role in ecosystems.
According to a report by the United Nations Organization, if we continue with the same habits by 2030 there will be a 1.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature, which would be fatal for our planet. However, we are still in time to reverse this situation. In addition to the public policies that are generated around the subject, there are a series of collective and individual actions that we, as companies, can carry out to reduce our carbon footprint significantly.
A recent World Bank study, called 'What a waste, warned that the solid waste we take from our homes to the container every day will double in 2025. The report estimates that global solid waste generation will go from just over 3.5 million tons per day in 2010 to more than 6 million tons per day when the first quarter of a century is reached. For Latin America, according to the report "Perspective on Waste Management in Latin America and the Caribbean" presented by The United Nations Environment Program, UNEP, (UNEP for its acronym in English), almost 145 thousand tons of urban waste generated daily in Latin America and the Caribbean are treated improperly and end up contaminating the soil, water and air of the region.
Considering this situation, Amadeus, a socially and ecologically responsible company, has a broad social responsibility and sustainability program that includes agreements with organizations worldwide such as the United Nations Organization (UN), or the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). As part of our interest, we have corporate programs in almost all of our offices worldwide; For example, we set out to reduce waste to the maximum and little by little we have begun a significant change.
In addition, we decided to go one step further taking advantage of the technology that has always characterized our company. We think about the waste caused by simply using sheets of paper. We know that excessive logging is a real problem and we did not want to continue being part of it. In this way, in December 2018 we started using “DocuSign”.
DocuSign, is a digital platform that allows you to sign contracts without printing them. This platform offers great security, since all agreements are digitized, making any modification virtually impossible. In addition, we all know how annoying and inefficient the large printed documents can be, especially in visits with customers and business partners.
As soon as we started using it, we noticed the results in efficiency, we saved a lot of time for the simple fact of having access to the documents with a single click, we were able to conclude around 3500 contracts, in a much shorter time than we would normally. In addition to facilitating the processes in a remarkable way, CO2 emissions per employee were reduced by 54%. And as an office, we avoid the use of more than 230,000 pages and 2.78 tons of CO2.
In turn, we managed to save 1300 liters of water and avoid generating more than 6,000 kg of garbage. With the effort we made together the offices of Amadeus Latin America we were able to save 14 trees. This means that 55 people were able to receive adequate oxygen, taking into account that each tree oxygenates 4 people.
And although in the first instance these numbers may not mean something relevant, if we put it in other words, these figures are equivalent to the pollution that is generated when driving a car for 23,000 kilometers, or a saving of one million euros a year by not Having to buy sheets of paper.



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