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How business travellers can consider their environmental impact

02 June, 2016

Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) 2016 trends report identified that tighter regulations and greater awareness of responsible business has driven travel managers to be more considerate of environmental sustainability, with 35% of those interviewed predicting a very high impact on their programmes.

 

In aid of World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday 5 June, we look at the ways in which arrangers and travellers can make a difference to the environment by adopting more sustainable business travel practices.

 

Plan the greenest route

 

Travel arrangers have access to a number of tools which can help when planning sustainable business travel. CWT’s online booking tool, CWT Online (powered by KDS), shows users the greenest booking options, while the carbon calculator on CWT Portal lets them calculate standard CO2 emissions data.

 

Go paperless

 

Technology is making it even easier to travel green. Virgin Trains has recently launched mobile ticketing (M-Tickets) exclusively for TMC customers, enabling them to download barcoded smart tickets to mobile devices; whilst users of the CWT To Go travel app benefit from comprehensive itineraries which avoid the need to print boarding passes and other documents.

 

Hotels are also reducing the need for printing, with the new trend of ‘eco-luxury’ branding on the rise, 1 Hotels boasts environmentally-friendly features such as complimentary digital newspapers and paperless check-in.

 

Embrace “bleisure travel

 

Staying where you are after a business trip rather than rushing home is an increasingly popular way for travellers to take some of the stress out of travel. It is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, rather than making separate journeys for business and leisure.

 

You can find out more about World Environment Day and how the United Nations is encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment on their website.