Today, the desire to travel remains strong and our industry continues to connect people and businesses more than ever before. However, as the travel industry grows, so do the concerns surrounding its impact on the environment.
Travel plays a huge role in the carbon footprint of any business. For many companies, travel remains a core part of doing business and face-to-face meetings are often the best way to build client relationships and connect with partners around the globe. But what can organisations do to help reduce their carbon footprint related ot business travel?
As a travel management company, CT Business Travel strive to advise our clients on green travel and provide simple steps to creating a sustainable travel policy, including aspects such as carbon offsetting. By implementing sustainable business travel practices, we can help to deliver a fit for purpose solution and reduce the impacts of business travel on the environment.
Our Partnership With Trees4Travel
Earlier this year, CT Business Travel partnered with Trees4Travel to assist our clients who want to commit to the environment with a simple, impactful, and affordable solution.
The partnership will enable clients to plant trees as they travel, offsetting their carbon emissions, reducing their carbon footprint and enabling them to make more mindful travel decisions.
Offsetting travel is easily calculable and relatively small as part of the total transaction value. The ability to offset business travel as an organisation is a quick and achievable win and only a small percentage of the total transaction cost.
If a client chooses to incorporate the Trees4Travel offsetting initiative, CT Business Travel will assist with:
- Calculating their business travel carbon footprint
- Integrating the offsetting programme seamlessly within their travel policy
- Reporting CO2 emissions for air, rail and car travel as well as accommodation
- Providing comprehensive reporting on the CT Business Travel dashboard
How Does It Work?
''To combat carbon emissions forest restoration is overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate change solutions''
Prof Dr. Thomas Ward Crowther
Not only do trees effectively absorb CO2, but they help filter the water we drink, provide jobs to 1.6 billion people worldwide, produce key ingredients in 25 per cent of all medicines and help support the welfare of local communities. It is often said trees are the best carbon technology.
Our world has space for an additional 1.2 trillion trees. If we restore and continue to protect forests, we can help neutralise and slowly reverse the current climate change trends. It is of vital importance to create a world where forests are expanding and not declining.
CT Business Travel and Trees4Travel In Action
Treatt, a natural extracts and ingredients manufacturer, were CT Business Travel’s first client to sign up to the Trees4Travel carbon offsetting initiative. Treatt will purchase a set amount of trees for each overseas trip, and on an annual basis make an additional purchase of trees if the donations throughout the year are in deficit.
Commenting on the Katie Severn, Global Sustainability Manager at Treatt, commented:
“We’re delighted to be utilising Trees4Travel to support more mindful travel, ensuring our flights booked through our business travel partner CT Business Travel, will have carbon emissions offset through planting trees.”
“We’re also encouraged by the scheme combining the tree purchases with certified carbon credits, investing into renewable energy projects. This year we are starting to track our Scope 3 emissions, including Business Travel. This will be the first carbon emissions offsetting scheme we’ve adopted, alongside looking at overall reductions in both the short and longer term of our carbon emissions globally.”
Ian Davies, Account Manager at CT Business Travel said, ‘Sustainability is at the forefront of responsible business. I am delighted that Treatt are the first to engage with us and Trees4Travel to offset their travel CO2 and I expect them to be the first of many of our clients to do so.’
For further information on how CT Business Travel can incorporate a carbon offsetting solution within your travel programme, contact our Account Management team on 01892 571189 or contact the team here.
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