Telecommuting and Teleconferencing
Reducing transportation is an excellent solution on how to offset your carbon footprint.
The biggest carbon footprints usually come from transportation. Extending telecommuting facilities to employees whenever possible, and teleconferencing for business meeting wherever possible, not only leads to lessen carbon footprints, but a host of other benefits such as happy employees, managers with lesser fatigue and more time, etc.
Alternatives to telecommuting, include allowing employees to compress the work week to reduce commuting. Such initiatives however require vetting by the legal department to ensure compliance with labor laws.
If neither telecommuting nor compressed hours work, companies can still reduce their carbon footprint significantly by encouraging car pools, or arranging to pick up and drop employees following a scientific route pattern instead of all employees driving their individual vehicles to work. Such initiatives not just help the company, but also the society by placing lesser vehicles on the road, reducing pollution and congestion.
If business traveling is unavoidable, schedule a direct flight wherever possible.
One important point of note is that, while a newer hybrid or electric vehicle might be more fuel efficient, it still consumes a huge carbon footprint during the manufacturing stage, and costs are high. Keeping the older-model car that is in good condition for a longer period may be a better option, both economically, and in the overall carbon footprint context.