In Numbers

Key Environmental Indicators 2013

How we calculate environmental performance

To establish its carbon footprint, Kuoni uses the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), the most widely used international accounting tool for greenhouse gas emissions quantification and management, developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

For carbon emissions related to our airline Novair - which consist of the lion's share of our emissions - we use data reported according to the requirements for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We then factor in other greenhouse gas emissions according to the methodology provided by our offsetting partner myclimate. Thus CO2 equivalents are reported. An emissions factor from the Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is used as a basis to report sulphur dioxide emissions. For other emissions, Novair bases its reporting on methodology provided by its aircraft supplier Airbus.

For our offices, electricity, paper, water and catalogue consumption has been collected, these being of greatest significance in terms of resource use for Kuoni’s operations. In case of data gaps or uncertainty, conservative assumptions were used to estimate annual consumption. This is based on values per full-time equivalent employee, namely 5280 kWh for electricity, 45 kg for paper and 4 cubic litre for water. Emission factors for electricity consumption are based on internationally recognised data (International Energy Agency Data Services, 2013). Kuoni bases its emission factor for paper on ecoinvent database v2.2

Business travel emissions have been reported for Outbound Europe/Asia (excluding Specialists) and Outbound Nordic. Similarly as in the case of Novair, methane and nitrous oxide emissions were incorporated into the company's business travel footprint according to the methodology used by myclimate. Emissions are thus reported as CO2 equivalents. GTS and VFS Global Divisions are currently implementing data collection processes for business travel.

For 2013, we were able to extend our Scope 2 carbon reporting to cover all Kuoni-managed offices in Global Travel Services and VFS Global Divisions. Outbound & Specialists was previously fully reporting with the exception of Destination Management Specialists as well as Swiss, UK and Netherlands Specialists. As Kuoni has more than 400 separate office locations in about 100 countries around the world, this is no small task. In total, approximately 90% of all Kuoni facilities and 80% of employees worldwide are covered in our Scope 2 reporting.