Sustainable travel has become somewhat of a buzzword in the past few years, with our ever-increasing awareness of carbon footprints and the damage being done to the environment. For business travel, an industry which is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, sustainability is a challenge which we must rise to. With aeroplane travel alone responsible for 10% of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, it’s clear that there is a lot of work yet to be done.
There are, however, small changes we can all make in our daily lives to impact the sustainability of our planet and of business travel, we’ve compiled some ideas to get you thinking about how you can improve your, and your companies, carbon footprint.
When booking a business trip, take a second to consider how you can make the most of the trip. Could you combine several meetings into the space of one trip? Or could you add on some leisure time onto the end of your business trip? Think about getting more out of your trip and those air miles.
Consider Your Transport
Opting to travel by plane is usually cost and time effective, but it is definitely not the most environmentally friendly. Why not consider more sustainable options? – for example, choosing to travel on the Eurostar rather than flying from London to Paris uses an incredible 91% less carbon! It’s small changes like these which can have a hugely positive impact. Short-haul flights are the worst offenders when it comes to fuel efficiency, so consider trying to take the train where possible.
It might seem like a very small change, but if everyone brought only carry-on luggage for their flight this would make the aircraft considerably lighter, meaning it actually requires less fuel to complete your flight. Give it a go on your next business trip – it’ll save you time, waiting around for your luggage once you’ve landed, too!
Get Around the ‘Green’ Way
When you’re at your destination, although it might be tempting to hop in a taxi to get to your next meeting, why not try a ‘greener’ method? If you’ve got time and the venue isn’t far, why not walk? You’ll get to experience so much more of the city you’re visiting. Modern cities often have bike/scooters available to hire to help you get around too, so not only will you benefit from experiencing the culture of the city you’re in, but you’ll also get in some exercise between meetings too!
Do you consider sustainability when it comes to your business travel? Or is it something that you haven’t thought about yet? Let us know how you try to be more sustainable in your travel.