The roaring 2020 will be the home stretch of the 2030 agenda. As we enter the last 10 years before the deadline to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, now is a good time to look at all the ways we can help achieve them.
Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, sustainable travel was a hot topic in the industry. SDGs- especially those involved in climate change and environmental impacts play a really important role in achieving the SDGs.
Whether you’re traveling for business, developing your company’s business travel policy, or planning travel for others, there are many things you can do to make a difference. As business travel resumes in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, let’s take a look at how your company can return to business travel in a sustainable way.
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Here are some travel tips on how to incorporate sustainability into business travel:
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2. Do not print your travel documents
Airports and hotels worldwide accept digital tickets, boarding passes, booking confirmations and more. Implement a “no-print” travel practice at your company to encourage traveling employees to go digital. Also, using contactless technology is a great way to maintain social distancing and avoid common-touch areas.
3. Behave responsibly at the hotel
Many hotels now ask you to keep your towels in a designated area in case you need to wash and replace them. You should also ask if you want your sheets changed during your stay. Encourage your travel staff to monitor these practices and only change these benefits when necessary.
4. All the cool kids drive electric
Rent an electric car! Use TravelPerk’s car booking service and choose an electric car to reduce your carbon footprint. Incorporate electric vehicles into your company’s travel policy so your travelers can have a positive impact on the global and local environment.
5. Use car sharing apps and public transport
You can also consider using the car-sharing economy if available in your destination to reduce carbon emissions. Public transportation is another great way to reduce the negative impact mobility can have on the environment by increasing fuel efficiency and reducing congestion.
6. Take a train and explore the scenic route
According to this article, rail travel is responsible for 14g of C02 emissions per passenger per mile, making it an environmentally friendlier option than flight at 158g. If you have the time and the journey you want to take is available, why not take the “scenic route” and hop on a train?
7. Reduction of plastic waste
Avoid single-use plastic and bring a reusable water bottle wherever you go! Whether at the office or on a business trip, refilling your own water bottle is a great way to reduce plastic waste. Bring the empty bottle through airport security and refill it at the water fountain. You can also take your plastic cutlery off the plane and throw it in a recycle bin.
8. Create a green travel policy
Incorporate sustainable, green practices into your company’s travel policy. Set clear goals for your “green business travel policy” and encourage employee involvement. Consider creating an incentive program to reward and celebrate the most carbon-conscious travelers.
9. Offsite the company to a sustainable destination
Consider holding key company events such as offsite or team building at “sustainable destinations.” If you want to travel for this purpose, consider countries with carbon-neutral cities or eco-friendly urban planning.
10. Eat local
Support local communities and local businesses by adopting the 0KM food concept. By eating at restaurants that source their produce nearby, you help reduce food miles, preserve small farms, and promote genetic diversity. Responsible travel is more than transportation and accommodation!
So there you have it! A few quick tips to support the ecosystem as you return to traveling for business.
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