07 Jun 2010 05:06:04
Environment Agency sets business travel example
The Environment Agency has placed restrictions on its staff's travel in a bid to set an example to other firms.
Employees at the watchdog are not allowed to fly anywhere in England or Wales, or to European destinations that can be reached easily by train, such as Paris and Brussels, in a bid to lower their carbon footprint, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Dr Paul Leinster, Environment Agency chief executive, told the newspaper: "We aim to lead the way on environmental performance.
"Our restriction on domestic air travel builds on previous and continuing action on business mileage, energy use, waste to landfill and renewable energy generation. It's another important step in reducing our carbon emissions."
However, agency staff will still be allowed to fly to Glasgow and Edinburgh as train services to such destinations are considered expensive and inefficient.
The recent travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash caused many companies to use technology such as teleconferencing rather than relying on air travel.