Travel Matters partners with JUMP sustainable behaviour change scheme
Travel agency Travel Matters has launched a new partnership with the sustainable behaviour change scheme JUMP, to engage with sector workers in order to respond to the climate emergency.
Travel Matters was part of the collective of 67 travel companies, organisations and professionals that declared a climate emergency in January 2020, in a bid to reduce the 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions that the sector is accountable for.
In response, Travel Matters is enrolling in the JUMP scheme, run by sustainable programmes supplier Green Rewards, which encourages employees to engage in energy saving, sustainable travel, waste reduction and other green actions.
Travel Matters’ owner Karen Simmonds said: “This is a natural next step for our Make Travel Matter campaign as we in the travel industry need to play our part in tackling the climate crisis. Jump is a great practical way to encourage colleagues to take positive environmental actions and, through our network in the industry built up over the last 20 years, I’m hopeful we can introduce Jump to travel companies large and small.
“If all of us do small practical things like recycling more and saving energy, that will add up to a huge cumulative impact.”
As part of its ‘Make Travel Matter’ campaign, Travel Matters partnered with Climate Perks in 2019 to encourage behaviour change and promote sustainable travel. Climate Perks gives employees extra time or paid journeys to undertake lower-carbon routes of travel, usually via land or sea.
Last year, Green Rewards revealed to edie that a record 216,348 positive actions were recorded at universities in the last academic year as part of the programme.
Actions aimed at reducing plastic waste were the most popular under the scheme, with 82,540 positive actions taken collectively. For example, the University of Strathclyde diverted 2,939 disposable coffee cups from entering landfill by using reusable alternatives - the equivalent of 30kg of waste – during a five-month trial of the scheme.
The scheme has also seen Bournemouth University achieve an 11-tonne reduction in its Scope 3 emissions, after staff travelled 26,000 miles to and from campus sustainably. Elsewhere, Bournemouth University reduced paper use by 2% and the University of Reading achieved a 7% improvement in energy efficiency.
JUMP’s business development coordinator Freya Pratt said: “It’s really exciting to be entering the travel sector through this new partnership with Travel Matters, particularly as their Make Travel Matter campaign has already done so much to raise social and environmental issues. We’re looking forward to helping travel companies get their colleagues engaged practically in sustainability.”