It is impossible to exaggerate the significance of business travel. Corporate travel is beneficial for a number of reasons, including creating relationships with clients and business partners, as well as improving employee skills and acquiring practical experience.
Despite its importance, it is becoming increasingly unsustainable because of climate change. Environmentally friendly garbage collection methods and carbon emission reduction strategies are more important than ever. So what can businesses do on their own to stop climate change? Here are some reasons why your organization should adopt a sustainable business travel plan, along with several “green” travel alternatives to consider.
Businesses must first be conscious of and give priority to their environmental effects. Sustainable business practices are helpful for both the preservation and protection of the environment as well as for the company because consumers value sustainability. Companies that have taken green actions to reduce the impact of their own travel and the travel of their personnel are more likely to draw clients and potential employees.
It would be prudent to first change business travel policies. Making the switch to carbon-neutral vehicles like electric cars, vans, and buses can help us move forward, as can pushing for more environmentally friendly corporate travel.
To ensure that staff members are completely aware of the company’s sustainability goals, provide further best practices training. Some of these include eating locally, being more waste conscious, and converting to reusable plastics. Despite how convenient it is to utilize hotel facilities, single-use plastics like these are hazardous for the environment. You can encourage staff members to adopt more environmentally responsible behaviors like using reusable water bottles, containers, and utensils by providing company-branded versions as handouts or employee rewards.
Businesses are working harder to travel for business in a sustainable way, especially while flying. Why? because aviation is responsible for 14% of all worldwide CO2 emissions. To reduce CO2 emissions from flights, companies should collaborate with airlines that are dedicated to using sustainable aviation fuels. Encourage staff to take alternative routes. A study found that these fuels can lower the carbon impact of aviation gasoline by as much as 80%.
Choose direct flights, more fuel-efficient planes, and pack less to make air travel more environmentally friendly. By reducing the weight of your suitcase by 15 pounds, you can prevent the emission of carbon dioxide equal to that produced by two trees. Stop creating boarding cards, itineraries, and other travel documentation is another simple step. Most domestic travel these days only requires smart applications and digital paperwork.
Take advantage of the occasion to evaluate and amend your corporate travel policy as business travel and activities pick back up. Businesses and individuals alike can improve their travel practices to decrease their environmental impact. Please see the resource for more details.