Business travel

Our approach to mitigating business travel emissions

We’re one of the world’s largest professional services firms. Travel plays an essential part in delivering the service levels our clients expect and in some circumstances, it’s also necessary to satisfy certain legal requirements. As we and our clients become more global, it’s likely that the overall need to travel will increase.

However we also recognise that it is our greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions (89% of our total carbon footprint).

On 30 January 2020, EY was the first Big Four organisation to announce its commitment to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020 and so are committed to encouraging our people to use alternatives to travel, and more sustainable travel options, wherever possible by:

  • Embracing a strong culture of flexible working and enabling our people to work remotely
  • Providing extensive mobile and remote working technologies including online meetings, teaming and collaboration tools, file sharing and video conferencing
  • A mandatory travel policy aimed at minimising travel and encouraging sustainable travel behaviour
  • An increased mileage allowance for staff who car share on business travel
  • A 'Bikes for Work' scheme providing staff with tax efficient access to a new bicycle and accessories
  • A mileage allowance for staff who cycle on business travel
  • Interest-free travel season ticket loans
  • Secure cycle storage, showers and locker facilities in our buildings wherever possible
  • Dedicated travel booking facilities to help our people choose the most appropriate method for their journey
  • Using hybrid vehicles for taxi services in London
  • Employee engagement programmes to increase staff awareness of the impact of travel and available alternatives

Business travel data

View a comprehensive business travel data table (PDF, 11K).

Please also refer to information on our emissions and our approach to environmental data measurement and reporting.