Climate change is a real challenge today and does not spare the business world. These are adapting to limit their impact on the environment, especially with regard to business travel.
The climate is the biggest challenge for the business travel sector
While business travel is good for the global economy, it is not always good for the environment. The numbers make you think. According to WWF, if all European companies reduced its journey by 20%, 22 million tons of CO2 would be saved each year. The Danish Environmental and Energy Agency (Ademe) estimates that more than 50% of CO2 emissions are linked to business travel within companies.
Preserving the climate and acting in favor of the planet are therefore major challenges for this sector. The goals are to protect natural resources, reduce CO2 emissions and to have a positive impact on the environment by adopting environmentally responsible actions.
Ecology: Business travelers are becoming increasingly sensitive to the issue
As companies take more and more action in response to global warming, the behavior of business travelers has also changed. In the grip of a certain guilt, the latter wishes reduce the frequency of their trips and choose more environmentally friendly options. That ” flight shame” Where ” fly sham e” (ashamed to fly due to the carbon impact of travel) is becoming more democratic around the world. The train appears as a greener alternative.
We are witnessing a real collective consciousnessand it has been all the stronger since the health crisis. In fact, the issue of climate change is added changed lifestyle and health restrictions. Business travelers are thus ready to change their habits in favor of more responsible and sustainable travel. However, it is up to the companies to review their “travel” policy and their priorities.
Pathways to more responsible business travel
For business trips to be included in a process of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , several options are possible. One of them is that offsetting your CO2 footprint by supporting environmental and solidarity projects. It is of course necessary to limit one’s greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of personal business trips in favor of remote meetings, by choosing the least polluting options, or even avoid printing travel documents(tickets, booking confirmations, etc.).
Other initiatives consist of choosing sustainable destinations such as CO2-neutral cities, renting electric cars, to support local businesses by embracing the food concept“zero kilometer” and to developdiapers by offering employees the opportunity to stay longer to discover the region.
Finally, on the spot, it is idealorganize ecological and eco-citizen activities or workshops to raise awareness of the actions to be taken to engage in a sustainable development approach(consume differently, reduce waste, grow organic gardening, etc.). Some companies even organize business trips on this theme in collaboration with e.g. a farm, a nature reserve or a reforestation association with the aim of helping employees to significantly change their consumption habits. We also talk about “green events» or «green meetings(enduring events).
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