Environmental News Network reports that many companies in the U.K. have decreased their business flights due to the recession. They claim they have remained competititve and reduced their carbon footprint. What's more, these companies have decided they may not need to bring back those lost business flights once the economy gets better.
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Flying less is more, businesses say
March 3, 2011
"The report, Moving on: why flying less means more for business, found that nearly all companies who have reduced their flying say it’s possible to stay profitable and competitive while flying less.
The key findings of the report were:
- 47% of companies have reduced the number of business flights they've taken in the past two years
- Of those companies which have cut their flying, 85% do not intend to return to 'business as usual' flying
- 86% of companies are either reducing their carbon footprint from business travel or intend to do so
- 63% of companies that responded now have a policy in place to reduce business flights, or are intending to develop one
The main benefits cited by UK businesses of changing travel practices were cost savings and reduced carbon emissions, but these were quickly followed by the ability to work during travel disruptions, having less staff away from the office and greater staff productivity."
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