It is impossible to exaggerate the significance of business travel. Corporate travel not only strengthens relationships with clients and business partners but also aids in skill development and practical experience for staff.
Despite its importance, climate change makes it difficult to continue being sustainable. Initiatives to lower carbon emissions and environmentally friendly garbage collection methods are more important than ever. What then can businesses do independently to stop climate change? Here are a few reasons why your organization should create a sustainable business travel strategy and some “green” travel solutions to consider.
Businesses must first be conscious of and prioritize their environmental impact. Sustainable business practices are favorable for the company as well as for the preservation and protection of the environment since consumers value sustainability. Businesses that have adopted eco-friendly procedures to reduce the impact of both their own travel and that of their staff are more likely to draw clients and potential employees.
Businesses should promote more environmentally friendly business travel as well as move toward carbon-neutral transportation options including electric cars, vans, and buses.
To ensure that staff members are completely aware of the company’s sustainability goals, offer supplementary best practices training. Among them include moving to reusable plastics, eating more sustainably, and eating locally. Although it is practical to use hotel amenities, single-use plastics like these are bad for the environment. You may encourage staff members to adopt more environmentally friendly behaviors like using reusable water bottles, containers, and utensils by distributing company-branded versions as freebies or employee prizes.
Businesses are working harder to identify environmentally friendly business travel choices, especially for air travel. Why? because aviation is responsible for 14% of all worldwide CO2 emissions. To reduce CO2 emissions from flights, businesses should collaborate with airlines that are dedicated to using sustainable aviation fuels. Encourage staff to take alternate routes. A study found that these fuels can cut the carbon footprint of aviation gasoline by as much as 80%.
Take direct flights, fly on fuel-efficient aircraft, and travel minimally to lessen your environmental effect. By removing 15 pounds of weight from your suitcase, you can lower your emissions by the equivalent of two trees. Stop making itineraries, boarding cards, and other travel-related paperwork is another simple step. Nowadays, most domestic travel only requires digital paperwork and sophisticated software.
Once business travel and activities resume, take advantage of the chance to review and change your corporate travel policy. Businesses and individuals can both make changes to their travel practices to decrease their environmental impact. Please see the resource for further details.