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How car clubs could help your firm protect the environment

How car clubs could help your firm protect the environment

How car clubs could help your firm protect the environment

For businesses that want to improve energy efficiency and reduce the impact they are having on the environment, the natural first step is to conduct internal evaluations.

You might begin by looking at things like the efficiency standards of your electrical appliances, for example, or how much recycling takes place in the office.

It's also advisable to examine the green credentials of any external partners or service suppliers your business uses.

However, as important as it is to maximise energy efficiency within your business premises, it can also be extremely beneficial to encourage positive change in how your employees travel to and from work.

One eco-friendly approach that is becoming increasingly viable for organisations based in London is encouraging staff to take part in car clubs and vehicle-sharing schemes. Research has shown that these initiatives are growing in popularity and are having a positive impact on the environment and pollution in the capital.

Members of car clubs - such as Blue City, Carplus and E-car, all of which operate in London - can book vehicles to use for certain periods of time, saving them the money and commitment that comes with owning a car.

This can be a particularly eco-friendly and affordable option if groups of employees are able to form a car pool and take turns hiring the vehicle.

In its latest annual survey, Carplus found that car club membership in London increased from 186,000 to 193,500 people last year.

The figures showed that, for every car club operating in the city, more than 11 privately owned vehicles are taken off the roads. That equates to a reduction of nearly 29,500 cars, edie.net reported.

Car club vehicles will have a 99 per cent compliance rate with the ultra-low emissions zone standards currently being pushed forward by the mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Joseph Seal-Driver, director of DriveNow, a car-sharing venture launched by BMW, said that car clubs are "moving in the right direction", although London is still some way behind other European cities in terms of how rapidly it is embracing this idea.

He added: "Sadiq Khan has the opportunity to take action with the mayor's transport strategy and pave the way for a healthier future; these results should be the catalyst to get car sharing into every borough so that all Londoners can benefit."

Other findings from the Carplus survey showed that full car club members have reduced their mileage by 570 miles on average for round-trips, while flexible members have cut their journey distances by 239 miles on average.

Operators of these schemes are able to regularly renew their fleets to make the most of new technologies, meaning car club vehicles typically emit 29 per cent less carbon dioxide than privately owned cars.

Of course, employers can also encourage their staff to walk or cycle to work - which offers the dual benefits of zero environmental impact and daily exercise - or to use public transport as much as possible.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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