Earth Day 2021 - travel industry updates and what you can do

Sustainable Travel: The airlines you’re flying are making a difference


As our wonderful ball of rock and water completes another trip around the sun, we thought it would be beneficial to look at what the travel industry is doing to protect our planet. We’re still several years away from fully sustainable air travel, but that hasn’t stopped us and our partners from taking some important steps towards improving the sustainability options for travel. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to and how you can get involved as an individual or an organization.

Behind the scenes
  • Close to home, Air Canada managed to increase their aircraft fuel efficiency by 20% between 2009 and 2020. They have also successfully removed 38.2M pieces of single-use plastics from onboard.
  • WestJet discovered that just by installing winglets (wing-tip extensions) to their planes, fuel consumption would be reduced by 2.7% on each flight.
  • KLM is investing in exciting ways to reduce waste such as recycling old flight attendant uniforms into airplane carpets and using 3D-printing filament made from recycled plastic bottles to create repair and maintenance tools.
  • In 2019, Etihad Airways was the first to power a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using a biofuel made from Salicornia, a plant that grows in the Abu Dhabi desert.
What can you do?
  • Consider taking direct flights instead of flights with connections
  • Ask your travel manager about opting for newer, more efficient aircraft (where routing allows) such as the Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s.
  • If it’s a shorter journey, consider taking the train.
  • Share a car to the airport if you’re going with a colleague
  • Rent a fuel-efficient car at your destination
  • Ask your Travel Manager if you can offset your flight through the airlines or through Offsetters, Corporate Travellers offsetting partner.

At Corporate Traveller, we believe visibility is important, which is why we offer a CO2 dashboard in our reporting to clients – giving them the ability to track their emissions and discover room for improvement. We believe that travel make the world a better place, which is why, along with Flight Centre Canada, we’ve partnered with Offsetters to reduce our carbon footprint and show our clients how they can do the same.

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