Business travel is an important tool for fullfil our business work every day; hence, we need to establish practical policies that guarantee we maintain to promote our effectiveness while lessening our environmental impact at the same time. Green traveling has its own rules and methods, yet for most corporate, sustainability is yet to penetrate fully into business travel programs.
While business travel is an essential segment of work, it causes environmental damage. Traveling green on business trips is finally a grassroots movement; however, you can be a good ambassador by finding someone with common interests to encourage personal improvement, ask questions and suggest simple and sustainable solutions. If you travel a lot and are concerned about the impact you have on the environment, you can use the following green travel tips to encourage integration and sustainability into travel.
Use Alternative Transportation or Fly Non-Stop, and Schedule Back to Back Trips
Other than take a plane, consider taking a train. You can share a rental car or cab to get around town, or use pedal power or public transport. There are many bikes of rentals you can hire and make the city eco-friendlier. However, if you must board a flight, avoid pit stops and layovers, meaning you will have at least one extra take-off and landing. Such activities are responsible for over half of the carbon emissions during a single flight. With the need to fly several kilometers off – course to get a landing strip, the result is more carbon spewed and fuel consumed. With proper and extra planning, you can lump together several trips, rather than taking each of them separately to save fuel, and consequently money and time.
Fly Economy during Daytime, Carry Less and Avoid Using Plastics
According to some studies in sustainable travel, flying daytime flights cause minimal impact on the climate. The economy class allows higher passenger numbers per plane, meaning there will be fewer emissions per individual. While traveling, try your best to carry less weight which commensurate less fuel, and a single bag is easier to move around. Also, you avoid the scrimmage at the baggage carousel.
You can contribute to a greener environment by staying away from plastic bottles and cans and replace them with a vessel which can be reused. Such practices limit the deposition of waste, given that the average plastic requires close to a thousand years to biodegrade. Group meetings are easy areas to green by policy and by mandate. Employees and customers always comment about greenhouse firms, serving bottled water during a meeting and providing devices that are anything, but sustainable on tradeshow floors. In most cases, meetings and groups may not even measure as part of corporate carbon travel footprint. There are public resources, that can get you started on setting a practice or policy for meetings.
Use Green Event Venues and Hotels and Buy Offsets
You should choose properties with a proven record of environmental stewardship. You can check with the Green Key at greenkeyglobal.com. It rates hotels on every aspect, that include green building infrastructure and housekeeping practices. You can make a list and contact the hotels and venues with probing questions on green meetings and accommodations. Likewise, carbon offsets are an important service, where the buyer pays extra to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of his/her behalf.
Influencing Travel Patterns and Behavior
If you are informed of guidelines for traveling, it becomes much easier to affect sustainable travel practices. For instance, a traveler can use dynamic messaging on certain routes to promote traveling by rail in contrast to air travel. Another one can highlight green hotels in their preferred list of hotels, and encourage the others to book the green options. Working with your technology providers and travel departments, can positively influence more sustainable cultures at every step of the traveling process.