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How to Reduce Business Travel: Carpools and More

Reducing the number of vehicles on the road to work and reducing the environmental impact when workers need to travel on business can go a long way toward cutting the greenhouse gas emissions your company is responsible for. Consider these tips for carpooling and other travel-reducing strategies. You may be able to implement some of them yourself; for others you may need to obtain management approval:

  • Set up a carpool program so that employees can make arrangements to commute together. This could be as simple as making an arrangement with a limited group of colleagues or as complex as inviting all company employees to take part (which means someone has to set up the program and operate it).

  • Request that space in the parking lot be set aside for secure parking for bikes, and request shower and locker spaces so that people can cycle in.

  • Suggest the use of videoconferencing and teleconferencing facilities in order to cut down on travel to meetings.

  • Arrange to travel by train rather than plane if you have to travel. Journeys by train and bus are responsible for fewer carbon emissions than trips by car. (Flying is the most environmentally damaging way to travel.) When you take into account the time spent with airport check-in, security checks, and luggage collection, you may find that public transport doesn’t take up any more of your workday than air travel.

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