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Assess Potential Changes in Business Travel that Impact Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Step 1

For a Federal agency, changes in the demand for business travel can be difficult to predict. Changes in the nature of the agency's work may have a substantial impact on the demand for business travel. It is therefore important to account for these changes when planning for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.

Conditions that may contribute to a significant increase or decrease in the agency's business travel, beyond specific efforts to reduce business travel demand, include:

  • Significant changes in the agency's budget
  • Addition or completion of major program activities that require extensive international travel or require physical presence to deploy or manage equipment at geographically dispersed locations.

While there is no certain way to quantify the business travel emissions impact of changes in the agency's budget or scope of work, it may be reasonable for planning purposes to assume that the rate of growth or shrinkage of the budget is directly correlated with the change in air travel emissions. If the agency is able to establish expected budget changes that specifically relate to travel budgets that would lead to a more accurate estimate.

This rate of change should be applied to the business travel emissions estimates developed in Step 2. This will give the agency or program a better estimate of total air travel emissions that need to be reduced to reach agency targets.

Next Step

In the GHG mitigation planning for business travel process, the next step is to evaluate the GHG emissions profile.

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