The Journey The Journey
It is obvious that any unnecessary mileage is a waste of cost, time, and generates needless and excessive carbon emissions. It is also an issue on overall productivity: employees at the wheel are essentially unable to undertake productive work while driving, unless the basis of their job is to drive - couriers and delivery services as an example.
Mileage reduction potential has to be a high priority for greening the fleet. The main techniques available for reducing business demand for travel include:
- Reducing need for "meetings" through increased use of office or home-based telephony and increased tele- and video-conferencing
- Journey sharing through better visibility of planned journeys within any one office/ group of employees
- Consideration of use of public transport
- Promotion of walking and/ or cycling for some shorter journeys
The needs of every business are different, so the possible solutions have to be different. The key point is that demand for business travel needs to be studied seriously as a topic in its own right, and examined within the business to identify any and all opportunities to reduce it.