Road transport remains one of the largest dirty air contributors in the UK, accounting for approximately half of NO2 and PM10 emissions in Camden.
Reducing the vehicle journeys your business creates, whether through deliveries, fleets or employee travel, is a crucial first step in reducing your overall emissions.
Meetings & Travel
Cutting back on unnecessary travel is one great way to reduce the negative impact your organisation is having on air quality.
If you or your employees are frequently taking meetings off-site, locally or abroad, or inviting guests to your office, take a look at when these in-person meetings are truly necessary and when you can move them to be taken digitally.
If meetings do need to be taken face to face, consider scheduling them in the same area on the same day so that travel is limited.
Likewise, arrange to meet at a location that is easily accessible by either bike, foot or public transport. Small changes like this will reduce your environmental impact and also save you and your company money on travel expenses.
Another way to curb your impact is by reducing the number of deliveries your workplace receives. If you currently order from multiple different suppliers, finding a single company that sells all products can cut several deliveries down to just one.
Using click and collect is another a great way to reduce air pollution as it only requires the delivery truck to go to one destination, instead of each company separately.
For companies responsible for deliveries, encouraging customers to shop responsibly in terms of their delivery options is a win-win. Could you incentivise customers choosing an ‘eco slot’ with free delivery, if they choose a time where the delivery van is already in their area?
There are many ways for workplaces to reduce their vehicle journeys, and we are here to support any efforts made. If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Encourage Home Working
With millions of people across the globe adjusting to home working during lockdown, many speculate that this change to office work is, on some level, here to stay. A study cited by the World Economic Forum found that 98% of people would like the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers, with ‘not having to commute’ making the top three reasons why.
Beyond keeping your employees happy, embracing a flexible working culture in your organisation and enabling telecommuting is proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel consumption, air pollution and paper and plastic waste. With fewer workers heading to the office, energy demands are reduced and heating, cooling and electricity use can be scaled down.
Worried about keeping in touch with your team? Project management platforms such as Basecamp, Asana and Monday enable remote working without sacrificing collaboration or communication.