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Prioritising greener travel

Why are we talking about Travel? 

  • US employees and volunteers travel frequently between communities and to business sites. Some of that travel is long-distance within the UK and internationally. We want to reduce the extent to which that travel uses fuel-based vehicles.

  • Global CO2 emissions from transport in 2018 totalled 8 billion tonnes.1 Of this total, aviation produced 11.6%;2 passenger vehicles on roads were responsible for 45.1%; while rail was responsible for only 1%.3

  • Global commercial aviation produced 918m tons of C02 in 2018, for which high-income countries were responsible for an estimated 62%, despite making up only 16% of the global population.4

  • In the UK in 2019, transport was the largest greenhouse gas (not just C02) emitting sector, responsible for more than a quarter of emissions.5

What are we going to do?

  • The US will develop a policy designed to reduce the harm caused by journeys made by US employees and volunteers.

  • The US will continue to promote its existing salary-sacrifice schemes for bicycles and electric vehicles.

 

When?

We hope to effect change in US travel practices during 2022.

 


 

  1. Hannah Ritchie, Cars, planes, trains: where do CO2 emissions from transport come from?, 6 October 2020 published by ourworldindata.org
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Brandon Graver, Ph.D., Kevin Zhang, Dan Rutherford Ph.D., CO2 emissions from commercial aviation, 2018, published by the International Council on Clean Transportation
  5. 2019 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy