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CARMACAL - carbon management tool for tour operators

Winner 2017 UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

The key outcome of project CARMATOP is CARMACAL, a user-friendly application which allows tour operators and other businesses to measure the complete and detailed carbon footprint of their tour packages, enabling the integration of carbon management into their daily operations. See this short video with tour operator interviews on why the travel sector should use CARMACAL.

For effective integration of CO2 in tour operator decision making, next to data on turn-over, profit, customers, etcetera, you need a detailed carbon calculator that enables you to combine CO2 data with volume and financial data. You want to be able to find the accommodations with the lowest emissions, the most efficient airline or flights (on all scheduled flights), to know the emissions for a wide range of transport modes including occupation rate, to assess carbon intensive tourism activities, and be able to find the distance between any two places on the globe easily.
Current calculators fail these requirements, as they mostly do not offer more than one emission factor for accommodations, have only general emission factors for transport modes, and are frequently centered on one element of tourism: either air transport or accommodation.

Unique level of detail
With CARMACAL, tour operators are now able to measure and manage every carbon footprint aspect of their products in detail. The carbon footprint of flights is specified up to the level of airline and type of plane, for all scheduled flights available. CARMACAL differentiates the footprint for 25 modes of transport, 21 emission-intensive activities, and gives exact distance calculations. Accommodation carbon footprints are calculated on an individual basis for some 550,000 accommodations worldwide. For other accommodations, 20 different types with individual emission factors are available.

Easy web-based application
CARMACAL is a web-based application with a simple overview screen, enabling product selection by for instance unique codes, product names, countries and product types. The first, overview screen is used for origin-destination transport and, if applicable, for an accommodation that is used during the whole trip.

Transport can be split in origin-destination and local transport, for better insight, and as many transport segments as needed can be added.

Local transport, individual accommodations, and activities can also be specified on a per-day basis. Accommodations that are not among the 550,000 available can be specified with a drop-down list of types.

Locations for transport start and ending points, as well as for accommodation, can also be found via a GoogleMaps pop-up.

Finally, CARMACAL offers three different carbon overviews: two for individual products, of which one on a per-day basis (showing you exactly which components weigh heavy on the total footprint and when), and one to compare different products (for example to the same destination).

Watch this YouTube CARMACAL tutorial to see how a the carbon emissions of a tour are calculated.

Tour operators and other parties can purchase annual user licenses for CARMACAL. For more information, please contact: info@travelife.info