If you’re interested in reducing your business’s carbon footprint, you’d be well-advised to scrutinise how your team gets to work. Every litre of petrol produces 2.5kg of greenhouse gases, and transport is a huge contributor to global emissions, with road-based travel alone making up 35.7% of the emissions in Auckland, and transport producing 18% of the emissions in Australia. Basically, any steps that you can take to green your staff’s commuting makes a huge difference.
While you can’t control how your employees get to and from work, you can influence their decisions by providing eco-friendly transport options. Here are five strategies that can green your employees’ commutes - and your business:
The best way to reduce the environmental impact of your company’s commute is, of course, by reducing the number of people driving into work. By far the simplest way to do this is by promoting alternative transport: public transport, cycling, running, and walking. As well as the environmental benefits, these modes of transport can also reduce transport costs and increase health and fitness for your employees.
Despite the benefits, the idea of getting people out of their cars can be daunting - so here are a few steps to follow to make your alternative transport campaign a success.
Another great way to have less cars coming into work is by introducing a staff carpooling scheme. As well as reducing the number of vehicles driving into work, you’ll also allow your staff to save on petrol and parking costs, and contribute to a less congested city. Here are our tips for initiating a successful carpooling scheme:
For those who are driving into work, make the commute as quick as possible by optimising the use of your internal car park and giving your staff transparent parking availability. A whopping 30-40% of urban congestion in major cities is caused by drivers searching for a park, so if people know in advance that a parking spot is waiting for them, they can cut out a lot of circling the block.
All of this means your staff can go straight from their front doors to their guaranteed parking spots with no (stressful, lengthy, unproductive and pollutant) searching for a park in between. In fact, if just 10% of Auckland’s 118,000 CBD employees did this, that would be a greenhouse gas saving of over 4000 tonnes each year. And if 10% of Australia’s 10.7 million employees followed suit, our atmosphere would be saved from 242,523 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
One of the most positive movements in the world of eco-transport is the rise of electric vehicles. EVs have substantially lower GHG emissions than standard fuel vehicles, and are becoming increasingly popular, with five million passenger EVs sold globally by March 2019. A great way for your business to get onboard and encourage uptake is by providing EV chargers in your car park.
(Since we’ve already covered the subject elsewhere, click here to learn more about installing EV chargers.)
Once EV chargers are installed, it’s important that you collect smart data so you can understand how your chargers are being used. This alerts you to any problems, like gasolene vehicles parking in EV bays, or EVs parking for longer than necessary to charge. It also allows you to make important decisions about the demands on your chargers, the needs of your fleet, and at what point more EV stations need to be rolled out.
Parkable for Business also provides a complete management service for EV chargers, including:
With cloud-based technology and free conferencing software like Zoom, remote work has become an efficient and easy way to cut out the commute. The benefits of working remotely are substantial: A UK study found that allowing staff to work from home could potentially save UK employers and employees £5 billion per year, and save the atmosphere 3 million tonnes of carbon emissions from commuting annually. As well as the major economic and environmental benefits, offering staff the opportunity to work from home can reduce turnover and increase productivity.
Interestingly, however, the environmental case for remote working isn’t cut and dry. So, if you want to implement a remote working policy for environmental reasons, you’ll want to consider the following UK findings:
The takeaway? Survey your staff to see how they commute before you offer remote working as a solution.
If you want to calculate your company’s commuting carbon footprint, click here for a comprehensive guide.
*The congestion maths:
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