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Vodafone UK cuts flights to reduce costs

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November 19, 2010

Vodafone UK has reduced the amount of air travel by its staff by 26 per cent to cut operational costs and get recognition from WWF

Vodafone UK has received commendation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for reducing its business travel by 26 per cent through deployment of smarter communications technologies and working practices within its business.

Vodafone said it has reduced operational costs at the UK business in the process.

Vodafone UK became part of the WWF’s One in Five Challenge last year pledging to reduce business flights by 20 per cent in five years.

Vodafone UK enterprise director Peter Kelly (pictured) said 3,500 fewer flights by Vodafone UK in the last year has meant a healthier balance sheet and a saving on CO2 emissions.

“With around 3,500 fewer flights, we’ve achieved significant cost reductions,” said Kelly.

According to Lucy Bertenshaw transport campaign manager at the WWF, Vodafone’s reduction is the equivalent of 617 tonnes of CO2. She called on other companies to follow suit.

“The ICT industry has a vital role to play in building a more sustainable society, primarily through creating alternatives to traditional travel,” Bertenshaw said.

Vodafone UK says it has replaced travel with flexible working in some cases and believes this has boosted staff morale as well as savings on costs.

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