Empowering your team to present new ideas for energy efficiency and emissions saving is a great way to engage employees on climate change issues – and can have long-lasting benefits for the business too.

TUI launched the Green Ideas Factory in 2012 and saw 120 sustainability concepts submitted from colleagues across 18 countries with nearly 1,500 people voting for their favourite ideas. Ten finalists went on to develop their concept with the help of mentors from within the business and Forum for the Future.

As a result of the competition, subsidiary airline Jetairfly introduced electric cars for ground staff at Brussels Airport. The cars offer energy savings of 70% and reduction in maintenance of 30%. The electric vehicles will be used to transport ground support agents and technicians to the aircraft before departure and on arrival. The use of the vehicles airside for short distances is an ideal application for electric vehicles; with a full battery they have a range of around 100 kilometres.

Jetairfly has its headquarters and maintenance hangar at Brussels Airport with two charging stations for its electric cars. Arkefly, the sister airline in the Netherlands, is also now using electric vehicles airside.

Colleagues from Arkefly also suggested a central hub for new airline sustainability ideas. The TUI Group has since established a dedicated network of airline environmental managers from across TUI, who meet regularly to share best practice.