Logica offers IT consulting and business services. It has more than 40,000 employees worldwide, 5,000 of them in Britain. Its UK business had a turnover of £710m in 2008.
The company spends about £10m annually on travel in Britain and has introduced a series of measures designed to reduce its business travel-related carbon emissions. A target was set to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from travel by 3.3% per annum from 2006 to 2010. Logica has now increased the target to 6% per annum from 2008 with the aim of halving emissions by 2020.
The company has implemented processes to encourage staff to use non-travel methods for meetings, and made approval procedures for travelling more stringent. It has increased its spending on video, audio, live meeting, web-streaming and office communicator technologies to £1m a year. Usage of these non-travel communication technologies has increased rapidly over the past three years. Total users rose by 225% from 2006 to 2008 to reach 439,377. Estimated tonnes of CO2-equivalent avoided through non-travel communications rose from 1,846 in 2006 to 5,992 in 2008.
Logica managed to cut its total business travel significantly over this period. For example, air travel fell from over 18,500,000 miles in 2006 to 11,000,000 miles in 2008. Adjusted for a slight fall in staff numbers between 2006 and 2008, CO2 emissions from business travel per full-time employee fell by 24%.
The company has also introduced smart working policies, including arrangements for employees to work from home to avoid commuting. It also encourages car-sharing and more environmentally friendly travel. In addition, Logica offers eco-mobility services to customers, including trip-planning, fuel-use management and the provision of electric-car charging points.
The Green Business Awards judges were impressed by Logica's holistic view of travel, including the smarter-working philosophy embedded in company and travel policy.
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