When a jet flies round-trip from Los Angeles to New York, it leaves behind an estimated 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide in the skies — and that's per passenger.

Consider electronics giant Hewlett-Packard Co. It figures its business travel activities generated an estimated 279,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2005.


Business travel is getting a once-over for its effect on the environment, and corporations are taking action, with some companies cutting back on travel and hotels changing sheets and towels only occasionally during a guest's stay.

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Blair pledges 'greener' government

Tony Blair has promised to deliver "greener" government, cutting environmentally damaging carbon emissions emanating from Whitehall. The Prime Minister said that the entire Government office estate would be "carbon neutral" by 2012 - with all emissions offset by measures such as planting trees which absorb carbon.

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