Tips for sustainable business trips

In today’s climate change, many customers, investors, and not least the media, are increasingly evaluating companies on the basis of their compliance with ecological criteria. In addition to the goals of cost efficiency, comfort and short travel times, sustainable business travel is an equally relevant benchmark today.

Here you will learn that

The individual CO2 consumption can already be reduced through the good organization of the business trip.
One car-sharing vehicle replaces up to 20 private cars and thus relieves inner-city traffic.
Hotels that follow sustainable and environmentally conscious criteria can be identified by means of certain certificates, such as the DEHOGA environmental check or the Green Globe certification.
It is very easy to replace environmentally harmful Coffe to Go cups with your own thermo cups.
Companies with the so-called VDR standard can create exact CO2 balances of their business trips.
The majority of employees book their business trips on their own responsibility and therefore need certain incentives to act according to environmentally conscious standards.
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Sustainability can also be lived on business trips.

Effective planning enables environmentally friendly business travel
Even a well-thought-out business trip planning can help to improve the company’s CO2 balance. For example, if a customer meeting takes place in Hamburg, it makes sense to take advantage of other nearby appointments. This saves the need to travel back and forth several times. If several employees take a trip, carpooling is recommended. If several parties meet, they should pay attention to a good connection to long-distance traffic when choosing a location. Ideally, most participants can reach the selected meeting point within a short distance.

On a business trip by train or plane?

In order to save time, many business travelers use planes on domestic routes in Germany – with fatal consequences for the environment. The relative consumption of CO2 per 100 kilometers of the flight path is particularly high on short-haul flights since take-off and climb flights cost a lot of energy and are even more important on short-haul flights than on long-haul flights. Much less CO2 is produced during a train journey – Deutsche Bahn also offers travel with green electricity. On long-distance trains, business travelers who have a Bahncard Business automatically travel CO2-free. Persons who do not have a railway card can click on the option “Environment Plus” at the end of the booking and travel CO2-free for one euro surcharge.

ICE connections between many large cities also save a lot of time. However, many smaller cities are less frequently served by long-distance traffic, so that more time often has to be planned for arrival and departure.

Sustainable travel by trainWhoever works on the move saves time and resources.

Tip: This means of transport comparison compares different means of transport for business travel in terms of costs, travel duration and CO2 consumption.

Environmentally conscious driving a car on business trips
According to the VDR (German Travel Management Association), cars are the most popular means of transport for many business travelers. Here, too, the environment can be protected with environmentally friendly electric cars. More and more hotels now offer both electric filling stations for recharging and electric cars for their guests to rent. However, due to the short range of their electric motors, they are rather unsuitable for distances over 100 kilometers. However, many car rental agencies now offer cars with hybrid drives. With its combination of internal combustion engine and electric motor, its range is up to 500 kilometers.

Another environmentally conscious travel alternative at the meeting location is car sharing. According to the German Carsharing Association, one car-sharing vehicle replaces up to 20 private cars. Most suppliers now use modern, energy-efficient cars. Via station-based car sharing, these are available at a fixed location. With so-called free-floating car sharing, the vehicles are freely distributed around the city and can be located and booked via the smartphone. It is also possible to rent cars from private individuals for a certain period via certain platforms, such as Tamar or Drive.


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