Business air travel is synonymous with emissions — here is how to reduce them

Business related aviation emissions can be dramatically cut. How? This report complied for the Climate Change Committee in the UK from Imperial College London entitled Behaviour change, public engagement and Net Zero makes this recommendation to government:

Tele-conferencing and telepresence technologies offer an alternative to work-related travelling and measures to promote these alternative ways of working and doing business could deliver economic savings and benefits for well-being as well as emissions reductions.
Funding for venues to install facilities for hosting ‘nodal conferences’ (where a conference is distributed over numerous sites around the globe) or fully ‘distributed meetings’ (Le Quéré et al., 2015) could also be piloted.”

They conclude:

“Such investments and new practices would contribute to shifting norms and workplace cultures towards alternatives to physical meetings and work-related travel, and should also stress other benefits, such as improved accessibility.”

We can already cut emission with existing technology! Not doing so is irresponsible.

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