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Sustainability in business travel is a hot topic. But is it a reality or is it just a declaration of intent? This was discussed during the opening seminar of MissionForum 2022, Newsteca’s annual event that took place yesterday in Milan. The theme of the meeting is corporate mobility as the “center of gravity” of the company that sets itself the goal of zero impact. They were called to talk about it Luca Cacciottidirector global commercial services di American Express Italia, David Jarachpresident of the management consultancy firm Diciottofeb febbraio, e Valentina Ubaldihead of HR mobility solutions – Business unit HR di Zucchetti.

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sustainability in business travel

Green washing or real projects?

«Today is the time for sustainability with no ifs and buts – said David Jarach -. After the stop imposed by the pandemic, travel is starting again. And on the subject of sustainability in business travel, there are a lot of travel managers committed. But while the question is more and more attentive and aware, on the supply side there is still a lot to work on and suppliers are often limited to green washing. Let’s look at the airlines for example: concrete projects are still few. To date just the 2-3% of flights it is operated with biofuels ».

David Jarach

Among other things, said David Jarach «these new fuels they are just a step towards truly achieving the goal of zero emissions. New initiatives and more effective projects will be needed ».

Sustainability in business travel, the importance of budgeting

“Green products have a cost – added Professor Jarach -. For this it is important that companies put sustainability on the budget, planning their investments in this area “. Furthermore, the results achieved must be measured.

“Only in this way can they be inserted into the company social report and adequately communicated to the stakeholders».

Luca Cacciotti

A tool to make travel greener

Ma how to measure the environmental impact?

In recent years, some suppliers have developed interesting solutions to support the company in this task. This is the case with the BT360 CO2 Calculator di American Expresslaunched as part of Business Travel 360, a project developed by American Express with the support of Diciottofeb febbraio.

«Thanks to the data provided by the computer, companies can measure in detail the environmental impact generated by their company trips along the travel chain: airplanes, trains, cars, taxis, hotels – explained Luca Cacciotti -. User friendlythe tool allows the report production which help to identify the most polluting actions and suppliers, reducing the impact on the environment ».

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Sustainability in business travel must be encouraged

To achieve the goal of reducing the environmental impact, it is also necessary incentivize traveling personnel.

Valentina Ubaldi

This was underlined by Valentina Ubaldi, speaking of Zucchetti’s tools in support of mobility managerwhich deal with the business mobility at 360 degrees, including both business trips and fleet maangement and home-work trips.

He argues: «To support these figures in the task of motivating employees, we offer tools for gamification which help to trigger a cultural change. To this is added ours Zucchetti Cardthe multi-brand voucher for companies to reward, incentivize and supply fringe benefit to employees and the sales force “.

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