Business travel seeks to stall tough carbon rules

The body that represents UK business travel has hired Insight Public Affairs to stress its green credentials.

Lehal: raising awareness of carbon cuts in travel sector
Lehal: raising awareness of carbon cuts in travel sector

The Institute of Travel Management (ITM) fears the introduction of tough new carbon targets for the industry. It hopes to ward off heavy regulation by drawing attention to the voluntary action that has already been taken to cut carbon emissions from business travel.

In particular, Insight will seek to educate civil servants and MPs about project Icarus, established last year by the business travel industry to cut CO2 emissions by UK corporations.

The project consists of a toolkit to help  travel buyers implement a carbon reduction system; accreditation for buyers who implement the toolkit and reduce carbon emissions; and awards to recognise suppliers who demonstrate ‘leadership and innovation in making their products more environmentally friendly’.

ITM executive director Paul Tilstone said: ‘ITM is working to drive change to reduce CO2 emissions from UK business travel by 60 per cent by 2050.’ He said more companies were committed to cutting CO2 emissions from travel.

Insight MD John Lehal said: ‘We will work with ITM to ensure the Government is aware of the steps being taken, the incentives needed to deliver further CO2 reductions and the hurdles that exist in moving towards greener business travel.’

ITM represents travel buyers, managers and suppliers in the UK and Ireland, who together spend an estimated £6bn a year.

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