Transports and logistics
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The environmental impact of business trips should not be underestimated. It might actually account for a substantial percentage of a global company’s carbon dioxide emissions. In 2011 the Volvo Group initiated a project to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from business travel.
The Volvo Group approaches the issue from different angles and looks at the flights, hotels, rental cars, trains and virtual meetings.
Since 2012 employees can see the carbon dioxide emissions for all the flights proposed when they book a flight online, and agreements have been made with some of the major rental car suppliers to increase their fleet of environmentally enhanced cars and encourage employees to rent these cars. The number of video conferencing facilities also increased.
The Volvo Group is at an early stage of the project and is still gathering data before setting targets.
The figures already available show positive trends, for instance in the number of environmentally enhanced cars in the rental car companies’ fleet and the use of these cars by Volvo Group employees.
Despite an increase in the number of flights booked in 2012, the carbon dioxide emissions level resulting from those flights is proportionally lower than in 2011. The amount of rail travel compared to air travel also increased.