A new decade of travel is opening with incredible opportunities to improve the climate impact from the corporate travel program and alter the behavior as travelers daily.

FREMONT, CA: It is not much to say that carbon emission and offset barely made the headlines, other than last year or when the “Greta Effect” spread out in the world and terms like “flygskam,” “flight shame,” and “carbon consciousness” came into being in the mainstream media landscape. The past decade brings about hope, as corporate travel terms such as “duty of care,” “traveler-centricity,” and “travel well-being” has transformed for being completely new to a position of default and even mandatory components in any self-respecting travel program. On the basis of this development, it is assumed that “green travel policies” will be completely normal by the end of the ’20s.

A Green Travel Program 

It is reasonable to define some relatively aggressive targets for how a green travel program will work by the end of this decade; hence here are a few suggestions for the travelers to consider.

Preferring Emission over Price

Most of the travel searches are based on price, but with the green travel policy becoming more important, the travelers will request and demand the ability to search and for an airline seat based on the actual carbon emission for the flight or accommodation option.

Creating a Travel Program Targeting CO2E per day, Month or a Year

This has relevance only if there is an established credible capture of data used for calculating the estimated CO2E, which will be created by a new startup as a microservice capable of calculating the exact emission for a given booking based on the class of the travel, aircraft flew, and operational efficiency of the airline involved.

Green Airports

Airports being a relatively static entity, the travelers will increasingly support airports that project clear improvements on the CO2E front. This includes various initiatives like the use of artificial intelligence software to ensure on-time departure from the gate, electric pushback vehicles for the movement of the aircraft, and minimum taxiing time on the tarmac, power station utilizing renewable energy, and recycling waste efficiently.

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