Commenting on the new data, Thrust Carbon founders Kit Brennan and Mark Corbett prefer to take the positives.
“As the world struggles to combat the climate crisis, any significant reduction in emissions should be welcomed.”
“To assess this, we used our carbon analysis process, typically reserved for individual businesses, to the wider global aviation industry. The analysis shows that the world can dramatically reduce its carbon emissions, but it requires bold action.”
“The climate impact from COVID-19 will be very short-lived. We have to think further forward into the future and use reliable, transparent, and long-term solutions to combating the climate crisis.
“We believe that most people and businesses do care about the crisis and want to go carbon neutral as soon as possible, but they think it’s too difficult. That’s why we exist; we’re here to make the whole process workable, easier, more transparent and financially viable.”
What does this mean in the long run? For your business? For the future of our planet?
This analysis shows that we are capable of reducing aviation emissions whilst continuing to fuel business growth, even in an unprecedented pandemic. Digital-first approaches to working life and communication are now not only recognised as possible, but perhaps preferable by employees! They have the potential to save emissions for the years to come, and it is essential we do not lose this development post-pandemic.
Whilst we have seen a reduction in aviation emissions in 2020, this does not mean that we have put out the fire. It is estimated that we will only see between a 4-7% CO2e reduction this year globally. This is due to increased carbon emissions in other industries and sectors, for example heating our homes.
We must anticipate these changes and plan for adequate emissions reduction. With travel on hold, now is the time to act. Businesses that accurately calculate their CO2e emissions will be better able to reduce them, and better harness the global power of their workforce to drive business growth. There is plenty of work to be done.
Stay tuned for more data-driven insights from the Thrust Carbon team. Let’s make travel effortlessly green together.
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