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Want to reduce your emissions? Tackle staff commutes

Office-based businesses wanting to reduce their emissions should prioritise staff travel over other green initiatives, according to environmental compliance specialists Ecosurety.

Office-based businesses wanting to reduce their emissions should prioritise staff travel over other green initiatives, according to environmental compliance specialists Ecosurety. 

The company discovered itself that more than half of its emissions were caused by employee journeys to and from its business park.

“Many companies are based in business parks on the edge of towns, which means most workers have no other option but to travel in and out every day, causing tailbacks, stress and the inevitable fumes that arise from sitting in a stationary car at traffic lights”, said Robbie Staniforth, commercial manager at Ecosurety.

“A lot of firms don’t believe they can change their environmental impact because of this, and instead concentrate on recycling or putting in solar panels, etc. These are all good efforts but the real difference is made by encouraging employees to ditch the car altogether, something the Government is also very keen for commuters to do.”

Ecosurety has called on firms to incentivise employees to use public transport or allow them to work from home.

The company is exploring several initiatives of its own, including a ride-sharing platform with other organisations on the business park and a monthly ‘no travel week’ for staff that utilise web-based meetings.

Staff travel is particularly important for businesses with high mileage rates, especially those that pay their employees for their car miles. 

Recent research found that leasing company cars or using car clubs can be far more cost effective than paying for employees to use their own cars. It can also make a big impact on air pollution, as personal cars tend to be the oldest and least efficient vehicles on the road.