Flying and the climate crisis

How businesses can cut their carbon footprint when flying – we help share advice from Carbon Credentials

With recent recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change to put a levy on frequent flyers and ban air miles programmes, and Extinction Rebellion’s protests continuing to make big headlines, the team at HeadOn PR have been busy working with Carbon Credentials to share their knowledge and advice on ways businesses can cut their carbon footprint when flying.

The energy performance and carbon management experts work with major international organisations to support the carbon reduction process across their entire business operations, including air travel, which in some sectors can form over 70% of a firm’s total carbon footprint. 

Operating from its offices in Cheltenham, the HeadOn PR team have been successfully securing various interviews with Richard Tarboton, Director of Strategic Services at Carbon Credentials, discussing why a flight is the highest carbon purchase that an individual and possibly a business, will make.  And why it is beneficial to the business’ brand, bottom line and environment for companies to optimise frequency of travel by switching to a smarter, low-carbon travel approach such as low-carbon flights, increasing the use of video conferencing and creating new travel policies.

Here is his latest interview with major property title PlaceTech. The article debates whether the fight to contain climate change gives cause to move away from hosting mega international conferences where tens of thousands of industry figures gather, a large number by flight.

Richard shares in this interview his three top tips on how companies can cut their carbon flight footprint: –

  1. Consider smarter ways to travel – where possible, find alternative means such as train or holding a video conference
  2. Select the lowest carbon airline possible as not all flights are equal. Carbon Credentials is pushing for a mandatory carbon ratings system for flights as there is little transparency over flying emissions.  Sites like Skyscanner provide estimates and usually highlight the most carbon efficient flights available
  3. Take an active role in accelerating low carbon flying advances to encourage the aviation industry to move at a faster pace

With the help of businesses taking radicle steps to cut their carbon emissions, together with changes in consumer behaviour, the UK may just have a chance of hitting its goal to cut carbon emissions to “net zero” by 2050. 

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