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December 15, 2023

Biden Administration Accelerates Clean Transportation, GBTA Commits to Sustainable Procurement Criteria for Business Travel

GBTA and the GBTA Foundation took part in an event yesterday in Washington, D.C. where the Biden Administration unveiled new commitments to boost access to electric vehicles (EVs), save taxpayer dollars, and tackle the climate crisis, as well as new Federal employee travel guidelines on the use of sustainable transportation options such as prioritizing EVs, rail and public transit. Shane Downey, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, was on-hand at the event representing GBTA.

The GBTA Foundation committed to releasing global Sustainable Procurement Criteria by the end of 2024. The GBTA Criteria will help pave the way to standardize responsible practices in the business travel industry and provide corporate travel managers with a harmonized approach for requesting information on suppliers’ sustainability practices.

“GBTA’s inclusion in this event is recognition of not only the relevance of business travel and importance of greener travel options, but also of the GBTA Foundation’s ongoing commitment to help our industry create a more sustainable way forward,” said Delphine Millot, Managing Director of the GBTA Foundation and Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Advocacy at GBTA.

A number of the Foundation’s Sustainability Partners were also included for their new commitments to cleaner transportation including American Express Global Business Travel, Delta Air Lines, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International as well as Enterprise Mobility and Hertz.

Click here to read full details on the announcement.


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This is the second episode of GBTA's quarterly series focusing on artificial intelligence and business travel. This episode dives into the exciting world of AI and its potential to revolutionize business travel. Host Kevin Fliess welcomes Alex Cosmas and Ryan Mann, partners at McKinsey with extensive experience in the travel industry.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia and South Pacific/Oceania - Pro-Palestinian rallies likely in parts of Asia-Pacific through at least early January. Tight security likely; clashes possible.

Finland and Russia - Finland to re-close Vaalimaa and Niirala border crossings with Russia from 20:00 Dec. 15; all crossings closed until Jan. 14.

Italy - Unionized public transport workers shorten duration of planned Dec. 15 strike to four hour per government order.

Peru - Activists plan protests in Lima, Peru, Dec. 15. Disruptions likely. Further protests possible.

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