Six simple rules for a better way to travel on the job.
For many company types, biz travel is among those activities with the greatest environmental impact. We travel to attend meetings, exhibitions, congresses or discussion panels. We run around the world to set up new machines or to replace parts of broken machinery. We take a cab to have lunch with a business partner somewhere in the green pampas or to enjoy some VIP event of a dear supplier. Some companies even try to attract new employees with the perspective of world wide travelling.There is no doubt travelling can be great fun, even if it is for business. On the other side, travel needs are the cause for unwanted environmental impact. We need land to build streets and airports, we make noise with our cars, planes, busses and trains, we consume great deals of energy, and in some regions, we produce up to a third of all CO2 emissions just for getting from A to B.
As there are good reasons and constraints that lead to the need of biz travel, there are also some simple rules to care for the environment as well:
- Organize your business in an efficient way. Chaotic management of organizations and projects means more, expensive and inefficient biz travelling.
- Make use of modern communication technologies which can often replace travelling.
- Utilization matters: a carload of managers consumes much less energy than a one-manager-one-car-ration.
- Make use of public transport facilities, such as trains and public busses. This is even more important for flying: Private jets, as often used by top managers, are usually the one source of emissions which exceeds all other CO2 emissions of the whole organization they manage.
- Choose your travel providers carefully! Some of them take more care for the environment than others do. Like Accor in Hotels (Novotel, Ibis and many more brands) or KLM in flying.
- If you need a car for biz travel, buy an eco efficient model. This will add to your envired image and is pretty often a good choice for your purse.
Pictury by Emirates' greener tomorrow project