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Logging Travels


Background:
Travel is one of the more concentrated sources of carbon emissions, especially flights taken for offsite meetings or conferences.  Tracking your organization's travel allows you to evaluate the amount of carbon dioxide emissions generated by business travel, set goals, and evaluate your progress toward them.


Tool:
The Carbon and More travel management tool creates a record of:
- The method of travel (car, flight) and type of fuel used;
- The one-way distance of the trip in miles or kilometres;
- The type of vehicle and its size;
- The number of trips.

An option to duplicate the trip as a return trip is also offered to increase efficiency. Carbon and more uses conversion tables from the DEFRA standard.


Guide:
While travel is frequently an important facet of an organization's activities, it is also one of the major collective contributors to carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.  Carbon and More's approach encourages choosing both what travel is important and opting for lower-emitting travel methods to achieve your organization's carbon goals without compromising its ability to do business.

Tips:
Replace offsite meetings with video conferences
- Save your organization's travel budget and carbon budget by selectively replacing flights to out-of-town meetings with video conferences.
- Affordable, accessible video conferencing software (Skype, Google Hangouts) is now available widely and not only reduces carbon emissions, but enables staff to take out-of-town meetings and still have a productive workday on-site.

Investigate low-carbon travel alternatives
- If time permits, investigate rail fares instead of flights or travel by car.  Electrified rail travel is often a lower-emitting alternative that allows for productive work time in transit.

Provide bicycle parking on your organization's office site
- A secure bicycle room and accessible bicycle paths to your office encourage staff to bike to work rather than drive, which both lowers your collective carbon emissions and contributes to staff health and wellness.


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