Environmental issues are constantly in the news these days and companies’ business travel policies need to show consideration for global warming. So here are 5 ideas to help limit the impact of your business trips on our planet.

  1. Calculating your carbon footprint

In order to work on reducing harmful emissions, you need to have a precise overview of your business travel so that you can estimate your carbon footprint. Once you’ve collected the relevant data (distances covered, forms of transport used, etc.), it’s then just a case of using one of the many calculators available online to obtain a result. Or for greater accuracy, you can call in a specialist provider.

  1. Favouring virtual meetings

Is your trip really necessary? Could you use videoconferencing instead… Today’s technological developments make virtual networking easy and fast, complete with excellent sound and image quality. Certain software packages even include functions for real-time sharing of files or documents. Basically, you could save yourself a lot of time and money!

  1. Participation in carbon offset schemes

In order to offset their CO2 emissions, certain companies choose to pay a given amount to a charity (CO2logic, Fondation GoodPlanet…), which then uses the donations to fund various environmental projects.

  1. Making the right transport choices

Different modes of transport have differing effects in terms of pollution and CO2 emissions. The idea is to make the best choice possible according to your destination. So for shorter journeys, you could consider travelling by train instead of plane, or setting up a car sharing scheme with colleagues.

  1. Choosing hotels with a real environmental strategy

Once you’ve reached your destination, there are other actions you can take to help the environment. Via its Planet 21 programme, the AccorHotels group has, for instance, put in place a series of social and environmental actions, like the use of eco-labelled products, rain water recovery, solar production of electricity and heating, the funding of reforestation projects, etc.