Ten top tips on your sustainability from ITT and our partners  

Immediate, actionable advice that travel companies should consider to reduce their carbon footprint, with thanks to our partners TerraVerde, E-Collective and C Level.


1. Measure your carbon footprint

Measure your organisation’s operational carbon footprint. This sets a baseline for all other subsequent actions. Then publish a plan to reduce it, thus setting an example to suppliers and customers that you are serious about decarbonisation. 

2. Revise your business travel policy

Revise your in-house business travel policy to favour low-carbon alternatives and public transport where possible. Examples of this would be: committing to taking the train for business travel which can be done in less than five hours by rail - using hotels which have measured their carbon footprint to recognised protocols or which have displayed a sustainability policy on their website; only flying on airlines which have already committed to net zero and use modern aircraft with a lower footprint.

3. Encourage transition 

Encourage suppliers to transition to more sustainable products in their offering (see point 8).

4. Switch electricity tariffs

Switch your office & operations wherever possible onto fully green tariffs, and pressure your IT suppliers to do the same. Encourage or incentivize employees to do the same.

5. Educate your workforce

Educate your workforce on carbon basics - the more people have a better understanding, the more decisions are made in an informed way.

6. Favour sustainability materials/products 

Empower your teams to make sustainable purchasing decisions, favouring materials and products that are ‘non-virgin’ (i.e. recycled, waste-based, reused or refurbished), tree-free (i.e. a lot of paper alternatives exist) and made in an ethical way.

7. Minimise Waste

Ensure your business is minimising waste and separating it into the recycling categories to the fullest extent that either your local authority or waste contractor can handle.

8. Assess your supply chain

Assess your supply chain, asking suppliers for their plans for decarbonisation with the implication that this will soon become a factor in your choice of supply.

9. Carbon reduction for travel to work

Consider how your business and your employees can consider carbon reduction options for travel to work. This can be everything from walking, use of public transport, utilising the governments cycle to work scheme, to considering salary sacrifice schemes for the leasing of electric vehicles, where government support allows employees to lease EVs at 50% of the normal lease cost, thereby helping both employees and businesses to contribute significantly to reducing their carbon emissions.

10. Develop a committed CSR and ESG plan

Consider your wider potential impact and how as a company and team you can add value by developing collaborative partnerships with organisations that enhance your CSR and ESG credentials as part of your sustainability programme.