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Nearly Half of Global Firms Slash Business Travel Emissions by 50% Amid Post-Pandemic Slowdown

Analysis Reveals Nearly Half of Global Firms Slashed Business Travel Emissions by 50% Amidst Slow Post-Pandemic Return

Recent analysis highlighted that almost half of 217 worldwide companies managed to reduce their business travel carbon emissions by at least 50% between 2019 and 2022. This trend contrasts with the slower resurgence of corporate air travel post-pandemic compared to leisure flights.

The cautious return of business travel, trailing behind 2019 levels, has seen many corporate clients opting for alternatives like video conferencing and rail journeys over flying.

While this shift may impact corporate relationships, it stands as a significant move in curbing overall emissions, as emphasized by environmental advocates. Transport and Environment, an advocacy group, stressed that a 50% reduction in business travel compared to pre-COVID levels is essential to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Highlighting specific reductions, major companies like SAP, PwC, and Lloyd’s Banking Group notably decreased their corporate air travel emissions by over 75% from 2019, as per the Travel Smart Emissions Tracker analysis.

Denise Auclair, Travel Smart campaign manager, underlined the path forward, emphasizing collaboration through increased online meetings and a shift toward train travel, reducing reliance on air travel.

However, the analysis also revealed that 21 companies surpassed their 2019 flying levels, with entities like L3Harris, Boston Scientific, and Marriott International increasing their carbon emissions by more than 69% compared to pre-pandemic figures.

Elon Musk Advocates Balancing Oil & Gas Views, Urges Long-Term Carbon Emission Reductions

​Elon Musk, Tesla’s Founder, Urges Caution in Demonizing Oil and Gas in the Near Term but Emphasizes the Need to Cut Carbon Emissions for Long-Term Environmental Preservation

During a right-wing political event hosted by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party, Elon Musk shared views suggesting that the immediate demonization of oil and gas might not be the most productive approach. Musk highlighted the importance of addressing carbon emissions for the planet’s sustainability, cautioning against exaggerating climate change concerns in the short term, which could potentially erode public confidence in future solutions.

While nearly 200 countries, during the COP28 climate summit, pledged to curtail global fossil fuel consumption to mitigate the impact of climate change, Musk, self-identifying as an environmentalist, stressed the significance of industries eventually minimizing the colossal amount of carbon they extract from the earth, subsequently releasing it into the atmosphere through fossil fuel combustion.

Illumina to Divest Cancer Diagnostic Firm Grail Amidst Regulatory Battles and Investor Tensions

Illumina, the gene sequencing giant, announced plans to divest itself from Grail, a cancer diagnostic test maker, after a prolonged battle with U.S. and European antitrust regulators spanning over two years. Activist investor Carl Icahn also posed significant opposition to the companies’ union.

The separation will occur through a third-party sale or capital markets transaction, with Illumina finalizing terms by the second quarter of 2024, according to a statement from the San Diego-based company. Grail will receive dedicated funding from Illumina to sustain its operations during this divestment period, as stated in a separate announcement by Grail.

Grail, with a valuation of $7.1 billion within Illumina’s portfolio, has been working on a groundbreaking blood test capable of diagnosing various types of cancer through a technique known as a liquid biopsy.

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