The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) have recently carried out an analysis that has shown that out of 322 large companies only 11 are making significant changes to reduce their emissions, which includes lowering the number of business flights taken.

The data taken from the analysis has been used to rank these companies from A to D, depending on their emissions from air travel, and the targets they have set. Many large multinational companies we use every day, that have pledged to lower their emissions, are of the lowest rankings, including Lush and Unilever. With companies such as Netflix and Amazon joining the lowest ranking, who don’t have any targets in place to cut their flight emissions.

These businesses are a part of the 85% within the study that were ranked low on the scale, due to not having credible plans in place to reduce their emissions through lowering business flights. Just under 20% are ranked within the D grade, and 66% fall into the C bracket.

Corporate Travel Campaign Manager for T&E, Denise Auclair has stated that:

“Most companies are taking little to no action on
business flying, which renders any other travel
targets meaningless in the context of
tackling climate change.”

Due to Covid-19, it has become apparent that many business meetings can be accomplished over a number of video link applications that removes the need for face to face meetings. If integrated into the way a business carries out its meetings it will lower the need for business travel and reduce the amount of emissions that comes with air travel significantly.