Vodafone UK has reduced its business air travel costs by over a quarter by encouraging mobile working and opting for unified communicatio offering, thereby cutting CO2 emissions by 617 tonnes.
WWF-UK has recognised Vodafone UK for reducing its business flights by 26% in just one year, and the company plans to cut number of business flights by 20% over five years.
Vodafone UK enterprise director Peter Kelly said it’s great for the environment, but with around 3,500 fewer flights we’ve also achieved significant cost reductions.
"We’re passionate about the potential of our unified communications solutions, to enable our customers to make similar CO2 and cost reductions as well as increase productivity," Kelly said.
Vodafone UK has demonstrated that organisations embracing mobile working tools through unified communications offerings can achieve real environmental and business benefits.
Vodafone UK is a founding member of WWF’s One in Five Challenge, which helps companies and government cut their costs as well as their carbon emissions from business travel.
The One in Five Challenge is a guided programme and award scheme which suggests practical ways to cut flying and use lower-carbon ways of staying connected.
WWF’s Transport campaign manager Lucy Bertenshaw said the ICT industry has a vital role to play in building a more sustainable society, primarily through creating alternatives to traditional travel, and aviation is one the fastest growing sources of carbon emissions today.