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TOPIC: Carbon busting transport projects

Carbon busting transport projects #1

At the end of 2011 transport was responsible for roughly a quarter of the UK carbon emissions with 34.2 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 28.5 million were cars producing 118.5 tons of carbon.

What are you doing to reduce this Carbon?

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #2

Within a mixed fleet of cars, vans, wheelchair accessible vehicles and 7.5t trucks, we have been looking at various ways to reduce carbon emissions.

1. Ensure that there is no alternative to the journey - looking at teleconferencing, shared journeys, etc.
2. Ensure that the vehicle is the correct specification for the type of journey - not sending one roll cage on a 7.5t truck when it can be easily transferred into a courier van along with a sales/customer support visit.
3. Use journey planners for routes (most efficient as well as distance making the planning matrix).
4. Ensure new vehicles are as low on emissions as possible (current limit 130 g/km) and consider hybrid and electric as standards rise/price drops.


We also look at how our staff get to work and encourage car share schemes and salary sacrifice for cycle purchases as well as walk to work or cycle to work weeks run by our Occupational Health and Staff Club teams.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #3

North Somerset'sbusiest area is Weston-super-Mare a seaside town about 18 miles SW of Bristol, apart from that we only have two other reasonably sized towns Clevedon & Portishead which is apparently Europe's fastest growing town at the moment. The rest of the area is very rural with villages or very small towns dotted throughout. Public transport is definitely a barrier in parts of North Somerset for people wishing to access work or training, with regards to availability and cost when it can be accessed
A new cycle track is currently under construction on a very busy highway in WsM called Winterstoke Road. We have already provided funding to a training organisation to help them purchase a cycle store to encourage their attendees to cycle and another work-support organisation has purchased two electric bikes with some funding from us, to loan to anyone who cannot access work or training by public transport. The new cycle track will benefit both these organisations upon completion. We also have a free bicycle loan scheme for people to try before they buy a bike and free cycle training to increase road safety and build individual confidence.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #4

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came into being in January 2012 as a result of the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust. The Trust has three hospital sites Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and The Royal Hampshire County Hospital. A minibus has been introduced to transport staff between hospitals which reduces the need for private car travel. For the 2012/13 year, based on single car occupancy and a journey between hospitals of 23 miles, the minibus has saved 267,633 miles of travel.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #5

We have a number of projects underway at Derbyshire Community Health Services. We have been using teleconferencing for a few years now, but in a bid to increase use we have just re-circulated teleconference account details to almost 1700 staff (all staff who claimed over 500 miles business travel last year). We are in the middle of a 12 month trial with a company called Go Low which is providing us with low emission pool cars (99g/Km) at some of our main sites. These are booked online by staff, but are also available for public use during evenings and weekends through Go Low's parent company, Co-Wheels, which is a national Car Club. We introduced a salary sacrifice lease scheme back in April to allow staff who don’t drive on DCHS business, or do too few miles to qualify for our standard lease scheme, to have a lease car – both schemes have a CO2 limit on the cars that can be leased.

We now have a dedicated car share site, supplied by the national car share company, LiftShare, and we have also taken out a contract for their MyPTP personal travel planning software which means we now offer our staff personal travel planning. A trial to provide reduced cost bus tickets on the two main bus operators in Derbyshire is underway and looking successful in providing people with an incentive to use the bus to commute. We also run a cycle to work scheme. During May and June we had a sustainable travel month, which we ran in parallel with Derbyshire County Council, with a different theme each week – walking, car use, public transport and cycling.

The walking and cycling weeks coincided with the national walking week and national bike week. DCHS has its own dedicated Green website www.wethinkgreen.co.uk which covers not only travel but energy and waste, which we are also doing many projects in.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #6

You have presumably noted also the effects of delivering car clubs/bike hire in reducing car ownership and by doing this unlocking local spending power to around £2000 per household, with no tax code penalty (no pay increase to negotiate) and no raised local wage bill (for local employers). For a local authority providing car club and bike hire scheme memberships as an employee benefit (a minimal benefit in kind if the hire charges for personal use are paid by the individual), will ease the employees' in to moving away from car ownership, and potentially reduce the demand for workplace parking space (typically having a value of £2000-£3000/yr per space in a regional town/city)

Manchester and London have City Car Club, with Zipcar (AVIS) being bigger and stronger in the South-East, and CoWheels providing a not for profit option for smaller local and rural communities.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #7

At South Gloucestershire we are working closely with partners to deliver sustainable transport measures that will encourage a reduced, and more responsible, use of the car. The Local Sustainable Transport Fund West project, MetroBus and Better Bus Area schemes to provide bus priority routes throughout the area, and the MetroWest scheme exploring the extension of rail services are all projects that are aimed at making it easier for people to move around the West of England on foot, by bike, on the bus or on the train. Where people need to use a car, projects such as the installation of electric vehicle charging points are aimed at allowing people to do so in a sustainable way, and South Gloucestershire has joined with Bristol City Council and Gloucestershire County Council to bid for funding to extend the network of rapid charging points along the M5 corridor. Where traffic congestion can be easily tackled, schemes are identified to improve traffic flows, reduce queuing and limit harmful emissions. With significant growth planned within South Gloucestershire, all these measures will be important to ensuring that carbon reduction occurs in spite of any increase in travel demand.

Re: Carbon busting transport projects #8

The trust is doing a combination of many things to reduce carbon. This includes :

Charging staff to park their cars on the hospital sites, and the introduction of an exclusion zone so if staff live within 3km of their base they will not be considered for a staff parking permit. The trust have also been involved in promoting car share, introduction of lockable cycle shelters, investing in RTI (bus information), free trial offer with the local bus operator, and promotion of the ride to work scheme and a travel buddy website.
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