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Policies at national, EU and international level increasingly emphasise the urgency of climate action and the responsibility of companies to actively reduce their emissions.

The following developments converge in showing the way for businesses to move away from climate-intensive flying towards more sustainable modes of travel and connectivity.

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The legacy of the outgoing European Commission will include a significant reduction in its own emissions from employee air travel,...
The US federal government has released on the 14th of December 2023 a new set of requirements to reduce the...
The Netherlands has made travel emissions reductions a requirement: starting in July 2024, businesses above 100 employees will have to...
Initiative aimed at making travelers’ lives simpler by facilitating the transparent comparison and combination of transport offers, within and across...
January 2024
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The European Union’s (EU) Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) requires large companies and listed companies to disclose information on social...
The French Energy Sobriety Plan details the 20 mandatory measures aiming at facilitating the French state’s ecological transition. This means...
The European Union (EU) has adopted a new directive to establish a due diligence framework for corporate sustainability. The EU...
The Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) was launched by the UK’s Treasury in April 2022 to develop a “gold standard” for...
The Dutch cabinet has announced that from 2025, flights in the Netherlands will have their CO2 emissions capped. The move...
June 2023
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Switzerland is leading the way in combating climate change with the passage of a transformative Act that enshrines the nation’s...
The airport has recently announced new restrictions on general aviation flights, citing concerns over the environmental impact of private jets....
October 2023
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For the first time, the California State Legislature requires corporations and financial institutions to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, through...
Starting from April 2022, France has outlawed many short-haul flights, which are less than 2.5 hours long, in an effort...
The new CountEmissions EU is a reporting regulation that sets a single European framework for calculating GHG emissions data of...
France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Portugal presented an Any Other Business (AOB) point emphasising the need to strengthen the...
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How can investors ensure a 1.5°C future for the aviation sector?
CA100+ investor group highlights that corporates have a role to play in reducing their business travel, as demand for air travel will have to be constrained in order to limit global temperature rise to safe levels
10-point plan to reduce oil use
IEA recommends reducing business flights as part of its 10-point plan to reduce oil use
Greening the Commission
EU Commission sets target to reduce its staff business travel emissions by 50% by 2024, as compared to 2019
Sustainability-related disclosure in the financial services sector
EU sets new disclosure standards for financial actors, with mandatory disclosure of Scope 3 emissions
Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of climate change
IPCC concludes that the greatest potential for avoiding emissions comes from reducing long-haul aviation, and highlights that integrating virtual technologies into business models can avoid long-haul flying for meetings.
IEA Net Zero Emissions by 2050
IEA's Net Zero Emissions by 2050 aims at enhancing the sustaianbility of the energy sector, inlcuding transport demand. This roadmap explains the key role by behaviour change to achive the emissions reduction in aviation
UK government launches new taskforce to develop best practice for UK climate transition plans
UK Transition Plan Taskforce starts work on new “gold standard” for for best practice private sector transition plans, including Scope 3 emissions reduction targets and disclosure of business travel policies
Dutch government issues world-first cap on flights from European hub
NL Schiphol airport announces a permanent 12% cut in annual flights compared to 2019, to comply with legislation on noise and air pollution
Net-Zero Public Data Utility
Launch of development of global tool to make available company climate transition-related data, including on specific actions to reach net-zero targets, and emissions
Voluntary Carbon Markets and Offsetting
UK Climate Change Committee recommends that businesses prioritise replacing all air travel with alternatives where available, before purchasing offsets
Emissions Gap Report 2022
Published by UNEP, the report highlights the urgent need for action to reduce emissions. Governments, the private sector, and civil society, must set and achieve ambitious targets, investing in clean energy and sustainable transport, and working together to tackle the global challenge of climate change.
Sobriety plan: how companies can help save energy
France recommends to businesses to save energy by using rail rather than air travel for trips under 4 hours, and using videoconferencing to avoid unnecessary travel
Integrity Matters: Net Zero Commitments by Businesses, Financial Institutions, Cities and Regions
UN expert group recommends businesses reduce absolute emissions as fast as possible, aligning or exceeding national targets, setting first targets for 2025, including for Scope 3 emissions
Strengthening the sustainability and fairness of the aviation sector
France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal note that air transport is sometimes used irresponsibly when the journey could be made using a zero carbon alternative mode or replaced by a video conference
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)
EU adopts new rules for corporate reporting by 50,000 large businesses, including travel emissions
Dutch Cabinet Introduces CO2 Emission Caps for Flights Starting 2025
Flights will have their CO2 emissions capped from 2025 depending on the Dutch airport
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Says Private Jets ‘No Longer Welcome’
NL Schiphol airport announces a ban on private jets (blocked by court ruling)
France bans short-haul domestic flights in favour of train travel
France bans short-haul flights under 2,5 hours
Swiss Climate Law for Net Zero by 2050
Switzerland votes yes to climate law for net zero by 2050, including aviation and requiring company alignment
Count your transport emissions – ‘CountEmissions EU’
Initiative to set out a common framework to calculate and report transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by both the passenger and freight sector.
California Corporate Climate Accountability Act
US California legislative proposal for corporate reporting by large companies doing business in the state, including travel emissions
Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive
EU will adopt new due diligence rules for large companies, to include the adoption of a climate transition plan containing emissions reduction objectives
The White House publish its new travel policy for federal employees
The federal employees will use rail for trips less than 250 miles (around 400km) when cost-effective and available, instead of taking an airplane or vehicle.
Multimodal Digital Services Mobility
Initiative aimed at facilitating for travelers the comparison and combination of transport offers, within and across modes
SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance and Standardise Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors
The SEC proposed amendments would require registrants to disclose climate-related risks that are likely to have a material impact on their business. Companies with publicly stated climate goals would also have to disclose their strategies and progress towards those goals. The rules should be finalized in fall 2023.
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