For accurate flight CO2 calculations, CTM knew we had to turn to aviation specialists who understood how airlines operated, how elements like seat configuration mattered but also where to source, analyze and model that data to help deliver accurate and useful CO2 calculations that were also readily available to be consumed in an API format for our products and services.
This has been accomplished in partnership with RDC Aviation, a dedicated data aggregation provider to airlines and the aviation industry that strives to make aviation data accessible.
RDC works directly with many of the world’s best-known airlines and also more recently, airports and other partners in the travel supply chain. Thanks to their granular data aggregation and analysis, we can show the different CO2 emissions impact for economy vs. premium and business cabins onboard the same flight, quickly helping travelers to understand the proportional share of emissions larger seats take up on each flight.
For flights, emissions are calculated using official data from RDC’s multi-dimensional methodology that provides more accuracy in comparison to other respected sources.
RDC takes route and aircraft type plus more granular factors such as engine type, age, fuel burn, and much more to give you a detailed picture. They maintain a comprehensive database of airlines, aircraft and engine types, and seating configurations of more than 35,000 airframes which enables a more granular calculation to be made.
RDCs database also includes:
- The fuel efficiency of the aircraft type.
- The efficiency of the airline – seat capacity and load factor.
- Use of Sustainable Alternative Fuels.
- Whether the route is part of compliance or regulatory emissions program such as CORSIA, EU ETS, etc.
- Whether the operator offsets emissions over and above that which is legally required.
CTM continues to work very closely with RDC to ensure all our routes are covered and we deliver carbon emission estimates that are as accurate as scientifically possible.