Post Covid 19 overseas business trips to fall: In a post-coronavirus future the number of overseas business trips taken each year could fall by more than a third.
That’s according to international non-profit, the Climate Group, which conducted a survey to assess the long-term impacts of COVID-19 with100 sustainability professionals.
Only one in ten say their company will undertake the same amount of international travel as before, around 89% of business professionals think their company’s overseas travel in the next few years will be significantly reduced compared to pre-pandemic levels, even after travel restrictions are eased and just 1% think the frequency of travel will increase in the long-term.
A ‘conservative assessment’ the report notes, could indicate a possible average reduction in international business trips of up to two-fifths, a decline that would see carbon dioxide emmissions reduce by 28 million tons every year.
if this trend were to be reflected globally, such a reduction in air travel would also save businesses more than $500 billion (£399bn).
Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Climate Group, Mike Peirce said: “Despite the challenges presented by COVID, we know from our partners in business and government that they don’t want to return to ‘business as usual’ – we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild a greener, fairer future and they want to grab it.
“Businesses have seen there are many digital solutions available to them that allow for remote working to be effective and collaborative, while cutting costs and emissions from travel – something we all thought was in the hard-to-do box before the pandemic. It makes sense that they carry this mentality forward after travel restrictions have lifted.”
Post Covid 19 overseas business trips to fall