Study: Frequent flyers have large carbon footprintFriday, 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.