Swedish newspaper SvD recently brought light to the fact that only 3% of the global population has flown abroad last year.
This may come as a surprise to all of those who have to travel abroad frequently but flying is the exception, not the norm. Yet, air transportation is responsible for 3.5% of global warming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the emissions due to air transportation could amount to up to 15% of all global emissions by 2050. This is of course absolutely incompatible with the targets of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C.
If 97% of the global population manages to live and to do business without travelling by airplane, the 3% should be able to do the same.
But once a habit has been taken, it is difficult to change it. It is hence up to the 3% to question the pertinence of every single trip but also to explore the many technical solutions that now allow communicating easily over long distances, without experiencing all the tedious effects of waiting at the airport, travelling to and from the airport and spending the night in a hotel, far from ones family.
Job Footprint can help sustainability managers to engage the discussion among employees and to devise a strategy to diminish business trips by airplanes.