Sustainable Business Travel

Aug 18, 2016 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Planet First has joined forces with BST Environmental to launch a new workshop aimed at helping organisations tackle the carbon emissions from their business travel

Business travel can be responsible for a large part of an organisation’s carbon footprint

The Sustainable Business Travel Workshop is a half-day session designed to offer organisations the “core knowledge, skills and confidence” to cut their business travel carbon footprint.

Business travel can be responsible for a large part of an organisation’s carbon footprint, but is often overlooked in favour of other actions. PwC, the professional services firm, reported in 2015 that its business travel remained its single largest generator of carbon emissions, and – as it has continued to reduce its emissions from energy – had grown to represent 70 per cent of its total carbon footprint.

“Most people are surprised to find just how much their business travel affects their organisation’s carbon footprint, so we are delighted to be partnering with Planet First to help clients address the issue and reap the many benefits which can be realised,” said John Breach, lead consultant at BST Environmental.

The workshop is aimed at a number of audiences, including sustainability heads, environmental managers, facilities managers, CSR managers, purchasing managers, budget holders and directors.

Topics covered will include:

  • how business travel affects your organisation’s carbon footprint
  • carbon emissions from different travel options
  • assessing when travel can be avoided
  • technologies for remote meetings
  • measuring and evaluating cost and carbon savings
  • addressing potential barriers to change
  • encouraging behaviour change across the business.

“We’re always looking for new ways to help our customers and we know that business travel is an issue for a growing number of them,” Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First, commented. “This is a well-thought out, highly interactive session that can be adapted to different audience needs and we look forward to working with BST Environmental to help deliver it.”

The workshop is suitable for 10-20 participants and will be held at the chosen location of the participating organisation.

For more details or to book a session please fill in your details on the Planet First contacts page quoting ‘Sustainable Business Travel Workshop’ or call BST Environmental on 01689 607522 or email