Most firms see 'green' travel as low priority

19 February 2007
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19 February 2007 | Antony Barton

Only one in three companies operate a travel policy that supports sustainability, according to new research.

The survey, by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and online travel service firm KDS, also found that only 20 per cent gave priority to vendors with lower carbon emissions or an environmental charter. Just 32 per cent operate a sustainable travel policy, which suggests that senior executives for most companies are unaware of the emissions generated by their corporate travel. Only one in five said their travel function was required to produce reports for senior management on such emissions.

Environmental sustainability remains a low priority for most companies. Employee concern is ranked number one (81 per cent place this as a high priority); cost reduction comes second (77 per cent); whereas supporting environmental sustainability is ranked a low priority by most respondents (only 20 per cent rank it as a high priority).

The survey questioned 207 respondents, 73 per cent of whom were travel managers, from worldwide companies of varying sizes.

See the 1 March issue of SM for more business travel news.

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