Expedia(R) Corporate Travel Goes Carbon Neutral



    
    Expedia(R) Corporate Travel Partners with TerraPass to Launch the First
    Global Carbon Offset Program for Corporate Travel
    

    LONDON, PARIS, MUNICH, and BELLEVUE, Wash., March 7 /CNW/ -- Expedia(R)
Corporate Travel will be the first global corporate travel agency to roll out
a carbon offset program to its corporate travel customers. Expedia(R)
Corporate Travel has partnered with TerraPass, the leading retailer of green
house gas reduction projects, to offer environmentally-conscious businesses
the ability to both calculate the amount of carbon dioxide their employees'
business travel creates and buy the corresponding amount of carbon offsets to
balance it. The new program is available to Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
customers globally. Expedia(R) Corporate Travel will also make its own travel
program carbon neutral by the end of the year through the purchase of
TerraPass carbon offsets.
    Starting in April, Expedia(R) Corporate Travel customers can purchase
TerraPass carbon offsets for a small fraction of the average cost of an
airline ticket or a company's total annual travel spend.  Purchasing a
TerraPass enables companies and individual travelers to sponsor measured,
verified reductions in greenhouse gas emissions directly proportional to the
emissions created by their airline flights. TerraPass proceeds fund clean
energy projects, such as wind farms and innovative "cow power" methane capture
plants on U.S. dairies.
    "Expedia(R) Corporate Travel is dedicated to practicing ecologically
responsible travel, and we are proud to extend environmentally conscious
options like TerraPass carbon offsets to our customers around the globe," said
Jean-Pierre Remy, president of Expedia(R) Corporate Travel. "We are committed
to making a positive impact on business travel, by implementing our own green
travel policy, as well as through industry advocacy for and the promotion of
green travel policies. We invite our customers to join us in this endeavor."

    Expedia(R) Corporate Travel customers can choose from five individual
TerraPass products enabling travel managers to create corporate travel
policies that allow individual travelers to purchase carbon offsets as they
book, based on pounds of carbon dioxide offset and mileage. Customers may also
opt to purchase an enterprise size Green Company package that will offset all
emissions generated by the airline travel of their entire company over a given
period of time.



    
    Products                  Lbs of Carbon     Miles Flown             $
    1 Short Haul                      1,102           2,500          6.99
    2 Medium Haul                     2,205           5,500         15.99
    3 Long Haul                       4,409          11,000         24.99
    4 Traveler                       17,637          45,000         76.99
    5 Road Warrior                   39,683         100,000        164.99
    6 Green Company                 385,805       1,000,000       1499.99
    

    "We are pleased to partner with Expedia(R) Corporate Travel on the first
program that provides businesses the opportunity to make their travel carbon
neutral," said Tom Arnold, chief environmental officer of TerraPass.
"Expedia(R) Corporate Travel's global presence provides an ideal platform to
build an awareness of clean travel among business travelers, and TerraPass
makes it simple to do something about it."
    "The voluntary market for greenhouse gas reductions has tremendous
potential, and this is an innovative program that enables business travelers
to reduce their greenhouse gas impact.  This is a market we want to support by
providing certainty for consumers through our verification process," said
Jennifer Martin, director of certification and analysis for the Center for
Resource Solutions.
    To signify a contribution to green travel, travelers who purchase
TerraPass carbon offsets for short haul flights will receive a decal and
travelers who purchase a higher tier TerraPass package will receive a luggage
tag. Companies that adopt a green travel policy and buy an enterprise
TerraPass package will receive a plaque, as well as luggage tags for all of
their travelers.
    All TerraPass sales and support of clean energy projects are
independently audited by the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco
non-profit organization that runs market surveillance and certification
programs in the green power industry.

    
    About Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
    
    Expedia(R) Corporate Travel is the No. 1 online corporate travel agency
and fifth largest travel management company in the world. As part of Expedia,
Inc., (Nasdaq:   EXPE), the world's leading online travel company, empowering
business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to
easily research, plan, book and experience travel, Expedia(R) Corporate Travel
brings together the best of technology and corporate support in a single-
source solution that drives down costs. Business travelers have access to
specialized tools, while companies can take advantage of rich management and
reporting features.

    
    About TerraPass
    
    TerraPass is the leading consumer retailer of greenhouse gas reduction
programs in the U.S. Thousands of individuals and businesses use TerraPass to
balance out the global warming impact of their flying and driving.
Collectively, TerraPass members have funded the reduction of over 150 million
pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. TerraPass funds clean energy and
conservation projects throughout the U.S., including wind farms and biomass
energy. All TerraPass greenhouse gas reductions are verified by an independent
auditor, the non-profit Center for Resources Solutions, creator of the Green-e
renewable energy certification program. For more information on projects
TerraPass funds, visit http://www.terrapass.com/.

    Expedia and the airplane logo are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Other logos
or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their
respective owners.





For further information:

For further information: Jordan Rittenberry of Edelman for Expedia(R) 
Corporate Travel, +1-312-233-1226, jordan.rittenberry@edelman.com; or Adam 
Stein of TerraPass, +1-650-331-0078, adam@terrapass.com Web Site:
http://www.expediacorporate.com                  http://www.terrapass.com

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