Tui Group plans to enhance its green credentials by cutting the carbon impact of its operations by a further 10% by 2020.

The target is revealed in the travel group’s latest sustainability report. The study tracks Tui Group’s progress in the first year of a 2015–2020 plan.

The Thomson and First Choice owner says it is committed to managing its impact on the economy, society and environment, as well as leading the way in understanding, improving and innovating for sustainable tourism.

This follows the unveiling of last year’s ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ sustainability strategy by the company.

“The strategy includes ambitions by 2020, to cut the carbon intensity of its airline, cruise and ground operations by a further 10%, deliver 10 million ‘greener and fairer’ holidays per year and invest €10 million per year to support good causes and enhance the positive impacts of tourism,” Tui Group said.

Chief executive Fritz Joussen said: “The progress achieved in the first year of our strategy has been encouraging. We are determined to maintain momentum and to continue to invest in opportunities that tourism offers to people worldwide.

“The essence of our holiday promise is at stake: attractive destinations with unspoilt nature, thriving communities, enticing culture and healthy economies.”

The report reveals that more than 5.6 million customers stayed in hotels with “credible sustainability certifications” in 2015.

“In 2015, our businesses, colleagues and customers raised €5.4 million to support good causes and enhance the positive impacts of tourism. The TUI Care Foundation was adopted as a group-wide foundation,” the report said.

“Tui airlines’ carbon emissions were 66.0g per revenue passenger kilometre (gCO2/RPK) in 2015 – a 2.3% reduction over 2014.

“In the 2015 atmosfair Airline Index, TUIfly Germany was independently ranked the world’s most climate-efficient charter airline, for the third year in a row. We are on average 30% more efficient than the industry norm in Europe.”