In 2020 U.S. airlines carried 60% fewer passengers than in 2019.
While this was not great for the airline industry it was good for the carbon “balance sheet” of the many companies that reduced their business travel emissions.
At SustainaBase we are consistently seeing 65% plus reductions in pandemic period business travel emissions we track for our customers.
There is a strong and growing trend of companies getting pressure from investors, stakeholders, and key customers to reduce their carbon emissions. The 2020 and early 2021 decline in business travel emissions has given companies a great head start. This is an opportunity to continue to gain ground, have a positive impact, and have good news to share instead of taking steps backward.
There are a few ways to continue the benefits of lower business travel emissions even as we are all able and excited to get out and about more.
1) Be Intentional
Rather than having your organization organically get back to business-as-usual business travel, be more intentional in your policies and travel culture. Putting travel and event policies in place will help to avoid the projected rebound and even anticipated increase in costs and emissions related to business travel.
2) Track and Analyze your Emissions from Business Travel
It’s key to have a system in place to continuously manage and track the emissions related to travel.
At SustainaBase we automate data from travel booking systems and other sources to make this easy. We also provide insights into things like car versus air travel and short, medium, and long haul trips.
3) Continue to Use Virtual and Hybrid Events
Virtual job fairs and events have exploded in popularity during 2020.
John Garcia of Premier Virtual a company that hosts virtual career fairs and online hiring events shared the many upsides of remote events “The benefits of not having to travel to conferences or job fairs has resulted in much higher productivity rates, more efficiency and has reduced costs as well as reduced the time to hire from an average of over 30 days to just over 7 days.”
Continuing to do virtual events and even offering a hybrid model which is set up with both online and in-person participation, allows savings of time and money by reducing the volume of people who travel.
Upwork’s “Future of Workforce Pulse Report” revealed that by 2025, 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely, which will be an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.
This means millions and millions of us are incredibly comfortable with the virtual format.
Now is a perfect time to build on the familiarity that has been established with remote platforms in order to not give back on the emissions reduction, productivity, and money-saving benefits.
Take the opportunity to be intentional in your approach to business travel for your organization and then track the outcomes so that you can manage to your goals and share the results with others.
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