Reduce costs 'through environmental travel'

Reducing the environmental cost of travel can also be cheaper for businesses, according to the WWF.

Jean Leston, WWF climate change transport policy officer, suggests that there is almost a "direct correlation" between cutting travel budget costs and environmental impact.

A report by the World Travel and Tourism Council published earlier this month committed to reducing carbon emissions across the sector by 50% by 2035.

The Leading the Challenge on Climate Change paper also targets a cut in emissions of 30% by 2020.

Mr Leston explained: "A lot of different companies tell us we have a policy of trying to reduce our CO2 and travel by 20% and we have achieved cuts in our travel budget by 30%.

"I say that this is a perfect win-win convergence between the two agendas to reduce costs but also to reduce carbon."

A survey by ACTE-KDS, published earlier this month, indicated that 61% of organisations now have a corporate social responsibility charter in place.


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