Sustainability and the future
of business travel
How to reduce CO2 emissions and build an eco-friendly travel programme.
Meet your corporate sustainability goals
Sustainability is more than a buzzword — it's taken center stage as companies commit to protect natural resources, reduce CO2 emissions and make a positive impact with eco-friendly measures. Managing a business travel programme that supports sustainable travel is no exception.
If travelling sustainably is a priority, Egencia can help. You'll have access to resources to help you build a sustainable travel programme powered by business travel technology that gives your travellers the ability to lessen their carbon footprint.
“As a global company, Expedia Group pledged to be carbon neutral beginning in 2017,
offsetting our entire carbon footprint — waste, water, and travel — for employees all over the world.
And that was just the start of our sustainable initiatives.”
— Katherine Cheng, head of Global and Community Impact, Expedia Group
Build a more sustainable travel
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reported in 2020 that most travel managers said they were asked to implement sustainable travel practices into their programmes. Travel managers need guidance to create policies that address climate change and reduce negative impacts on the planet, balance an eco-friendly travel programme with company goals, and provide data to get buy-in from stakeholders.
How Egencia can help:
Air: View your carbon footprint in the booking path and add restrictions to your travel policy, such as preventing air travel to specific destinations.
Transportation: Select public transport options or search for eco-friendly car rentals like hybrid or electric vehicles.
Reporting: Get up-to-date data on carbon emissions for air, rail and hotel, allowing you to create customised reports to track your carbon footprint.
Consulting: Work with our sustainability consultants to identify gaps in your programme and travel policy, measure your environmental impact, evaluate supplier partnerships, and educate your travellers.
Carbon offset initiatives: Explore carbon offsetting opportunities through our Egencia Advantage partners, including Climate Neutral Group (CNG), atmosfair and Climate Partner for advice on certified sustainability projects.
Green travel tips
Travelling by train can cut your carbon footprint up to 3 times of what flight would emit
Electric and hybrid cars emit up to 50% fewer emissions
Use renewable bottles
80% of 50B plastic water bottles sold every year and up in a landfill
Get your employees to embrace eco-friendly travel
At Egencia, travel managers can control how to cut down on carbon emissions. Travellers also wield significant impact with the choices they make, from opting to use renewable items when they travel or limiting layovers by reducing flight takeoffs when booking a trip.
Help your travellers have an eco-friendly travel experience:
- Get a transparent view of a trip’s emissions in the booking path with real-life, contextual examples
- Rent a hybrid or electric car
- Look into public transport or regional rail options
Our commitment to eco-friendly travel
To be a leader in sustainable travel means leading as a sustainable business. Our parent company, Expedia Group, has been a carbon-neutral company since 2017, offsetting our entire carbon footprint around the world.
But it doesn’t stop there. Here’s what Egencia and Expedia Group are doing:
- We’ve adopted eight of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Expedia Group’s corporate headquarters in Seattle is LEED Certified, free of single-use plastics and Salmon-Safe certified
- The Sustainable and Green at Expedia Group community — 470 employees across 22 countries — is continuously innovating new ways to reduce our environmental impact and help local communities
- We’re working closely with major suppliers to help them align with UNESCO’s SDGs, with the aim of giving customers a way to quickly identify companies committed to sustainability
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