According to a new survey from Hyder Consulting, one third of British travelers are willing to shell out more in aviation taxation if the revenue went towards carbon offsetting initiatives. However, more than half of those surveyed said that they would not trade in a foreign vacation for a greener one on British shores. A small fraction of respondents admitted to having reduced their air travel in order to minimize their carbon footprint.
And how about you? Or the U.S. populace in general? As an American business traveler, would you pay more for eco-friendly air travel? Would you be willing to stop flying or abandon certain travel opportunities to diminish your carbon footprint?
As questions of green practices and environmental responsibility loom larger, I predict that these kinds of decisions will become more and more common. With air travel costs already on the rise, it will be more and more important to think outside the box when it comes to business travel. Virtual meetings are one such alternative, and while business travel will always be necessary, the extent to which it affects one’s day to day can and will vary.