It is impossible to overestimate the importance of business travel. Corporate travel serves a range of reasons, from boosting employee skills and field experience to strengthening customer and partner ties.
Despite its importance, as climate change continues, it is becoming increasingly unsustainable. It is now more important than ever to develop environmentally acceptable garbage removal and carbon emission reduction solutions. So, what can businesses do to address climate change on their own? Here’s why developing a sustainable corporate travel strategy is so important, as well as a few “green” travel solutions your organization should consider.
For starters, businesses must recognize and prioritize their environmental implications. Sustainable practices are beneficial not only for environmental conservation and preservation, but also for business, because sustainability sells. Companies that have undertaken green measures to reduce their own and their workers’ environmental impact when traveling attract customers and potential employees.
Changing workplace travel policies is a good place to start. Choosing carbon-neutral transportation options such as zero-emission electric cars, vans, and buses, as well as advocating for more thoughtful business travel, can assist in getting things moving.
To ensure that staff are on board with the company’s sustainability goals, provide additional best-practices training. These habits include eating locally, being more waste mindful, and converting to reusable plastics. While it is convenient to use hotel facilities, single-use plastics such as these are harmful to the environment. Using branded items, giveaways, and educational tools, encourage staff to use reusable water bottles, containers, and utensils.
More companies are attempting to use environmentally responsible business travel methods, particularly when flying. Why? Because aviation is responsible for 12% of all CO2 emissions worldwide. Encourage employees to use other modes of transportation; however, businesses can also collaborate with airlines committed to lowering CO2 emissions from flights by using sustainable aviation fuels. These fuels, according to research, can lower the carbon footprint of aviation gasoline by up to 80%.
Choose direct flights, choose planes that are built to be more fuel-efficient, and pack as light as possible to make air travel more sustainable. According to studies, reducing the weight of flying bags by 15 pounds can reduce carbon emissions by 80 pounds on long-haul flights. This small cut is the same as planting two trees. Stop printing boarding cards, itineraries, and other travel paperwork is another simple step. For most domestic trips nowadays, all that is required are digital documents and smart apps.
Take the opportunity to re-evaluate and improve your corporate travel policy as business operations and travel return to normal. We can all improve our travel habits to reduce our carbon footprints, from large corporations to individuals. Please see the graphic below for further information and eco-friendly travel suggestions.