Employee climate perks the antidote to flight shame
Carbon impact of flights
New York is circa 3.5 tonnes
Amsterdam is 250 kgs versus 28kgs on the train
Barcelona is 590 kgs versus 72kgs by train (comparisons fromecopassenger)
Whilst an average for driving a car for a year emits 2 tonnes of carbon (Atmosfair figures)
Reducing employee air miles
So what can you do about this? Clearly shaming people is not the solution and organising team holidays to Butlins, probably won’t suit everyone!
Queue Climate Perks! This is a free-to-join campaign that supports employers to give their employees an extra two days paid annual leave if they choose to travel by boat or train versus plane. The benefit for employers who join include:
Further benefits are:
Head to the Climate Perks website for more details.
Answering the overland travel barriers
When doing cost comparisons between train and plane travel, it is important to include the cost of:
- Airport parking or travel
- Checked-in luggage
- Transfers to the destination city as airports are usually not in the centre
UK train travel can be significantly more than European travel so check out Splitticketing.com or Splitfares.com for discounts, as these websites find the cheapest ticket combinations on a journey.
Some journeys by train to places like France or Amsterdam can be comparable to a flight once the journey to the airport, check-in time, luggage waiting time and transfer to the city are taken into consideration.
Check-in on Eurostar is around thirty minutes and you walk on to the train with all your luggage and walk off with it, what is inconvenient about this.
Trains also generally bring you to the city centre, rather than the outskirts of a city where airports are situated.
A holiday or an adventure
Of course this isn’t practical if people are trying to get away for a beach package holiday, but the other thing about train or overland holidays is to reframe the idea of what a holiday or an adventure is.
This is where the phrase “it’s about the journey, not the destination” comes into play. The joys of train travel should not be underestimated, especially when travelling across Europe. Seeing the diverse landscapes of the continent is in fact part of the holiday experience. Stopping off for two hours in Paris before heading to Barcelona.
Reducing business travel
Need some support in convincing your team?
If you are already convinced but need some help with your colleagues and team, we offer workplace talks on business and individual carbon impacts that can cover a range of impacts from food, waste to travel, all delivered without judgement or finger poking by Livvy Drake who has a wealth of experience of overland adventures from train journeys to Spain and bike adventures to Portugal and the South of Hungary.
Check out Livvy talking travel, flight shame and bus bragging on the Woke & Confused podcast she co-hosts with Jessica Ferrow.
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