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Study: Frequent flyers have large carbon footprint

Friday, April 5, 2013 9:59:59 AM

While being a frequent flyer is a necessary evil of business travel, American's road warriors may be able to reduce their carbon footprint by choosing an airport car rental that is energy efficient.

According to a new study from the University of Alberta, frequent business travelers produce substantially more greenhouse gases than the average citizen. In the United States, business travelers produce approximately 2 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, Oregon Business reported.

"When travel is necessary, be more conscious of minimizing that footprint," Amy Spatrisano, a principal at the sustainable conference management firm Meeting Strategies Worldwide, told Oregon Business. "Rethink your meetings and who needs to be there."

However, environmentally conscious business travelers should not despair: There's still plenty they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Because frequent flying is often a necessary part of business, renting an energy-efficient or hybrid car after landing will help to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

To help save money and the environment, have everyone from your company attending a conference or set of meetings carpool, rather than obtaining them each a separate airport car rental.

At home on their own cars, business travelers can improve their vehicle's gas mileage and lower its emissions by ensuring that it receives regular maintenance.

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