19 October 2007 | Antony Barton
The Institute of Travel Management this week awarded the inaugural green business travel awards.
The first Project Icarus awards were open to suppliers across seven sectors. They were asked to explain how they helped buyers reduce carbon emissions and how they were working to reduce their own carbon footprint.
A panel of eight judges marked the entries for innovation, leadership, sustainability, scalability and transferability. The judges agreed on a minimum mark each entry had to achieve in its category to be considered for the award.
The winners were:
Hotels - Apex Hotels
Technology - Carbon Consulting
Agency - Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Ground Transport - Radio Taxis
Air - easyJet
Rail - Virgin Trains
Consultancies - no award
Paul Tilstone, ITM executive director, told Supplymanagement.com that none of the applicants for the consultancies category achieved the minimum mark.
He added: "This being the first year of the awards, in some categories not all the suppliers that we wanted to enter did. This event does, however, make people sit up and realise they could have been in a position to receive one of these awards and that will probably push them to enter next year."