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New American Express Commercial Card Tool Gives Businesses Access to 'Green Sky Thinking'
LONDON,  October 14, 2010 -- 

Some of Europe's leading companies are now focusing more closely on carbon business travel emissions thanks to a new reporting system provided by American Express Commercial Card.

Launched today, American Express' Carbon Savings Assessment Manager (Carbon SAM) is an innovative method for organisations looking to measure air travel CO2 emissions at the touch of a button. Some of Europe's leading companies are already piloting Carbon SAM to measure, track and reduce their business travel emissions.

The system, which American Express is providing to its new and existing Commercial Card customers in Europe, suggests a range of travel alternatives to reduce CO2 emissions. The reporting system designed to be used by a host of stakeholders, from Travel and Procurement Managers to Finance Officers, measures the emissions on airlines, class of travel, route and time of travel*, and identifies a list of lower emission producing travel alternatives.

Carbon SAM integrates with an existing range of American Express' reporting tools that support customers by providing advice on purchasing & process management programmes. Covering all airline routes visible from the customer's Card programme, Carbon SAM provides retrospective reports, assessing any business air travel completed with a reporting scope of from one month up to a year.

Karen Penney, Vice President, Business Strategy and Solutions, at American Express, said: "Carbon SAM is a real step change for businesses looking to improving their sustainability. We've spent 18 months developing the most robust system so that businesses can be confident the reporting on their business travel emissions is truly comprehensive.

In addition to retrospective information, we can provide clients with emission data on alternative routes, mode and time of travel to aid their decision making in the future."

About American Express Global Commercial Card
Through its Global Commercial Card group, American Express provides the Corporate Card, Corporate Purchasing Solutions, and other expense management services to medium sized companies and large corporations worldwide. American Express issues local-currency commercial cards in 40 countries, and International Dollar Corporate Cards in an additional 100 countries. For more information, visit

About American Express' Environmental Policies
American Express takes its own social responsibility extremely seriously. In addition to piloting Carbon SAM internally, it has measured its own carbon footprint and has committed to a reduction target of 10% by 2012, from a 2006 baseline assessment. It has also established an Office of Environmental Responsibility that serves to guide and focus its environmental activities around the world.

*Based on International Civil Aviation Authority data


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