Event Report: Sustainable Transport – trends and benefits

News – Monday, July 24th, 2017


The CCCA just hosted a Sustainable Transport workshop looking at travel trends in organisations and how to harness benefits.

Transport choice has an impact across all pillars of sustainability and is key to businesses at a local and international scale. The event saw discussions on how employees commuted to work and the delivery of goods to businesses. Employee business travel was also highlighted both at a local, and more challengingly, at an international scale.

Benefits of sustainable travel include:

  • Decreased travel and time cost to business
  • Staff health benefits and reduced costs associated with absenteeism
  • Improved air quality
  • Reduction in your business carbon footprint.

On a local level, the event was timely with the Draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy 2017 released in June (open for public comment until 2 October) that seeks to address a number of issues associated with sustainable travel.

Business case study: Kings Cross Estate

Charlotte May, Sustainability Manager, Kings Cross Estate Services and travel planner expert, led an interactive case study session and looked at how they were implementing initiatives. The site consists of over 30 employers with 18,000 people either working, living or studying.

A survey had been undertaken to determine mode, distance travelled and to identify barriers to a more sustainable travel. This found that many staff commute long distances, fear of traffic was an important barrier to cycling, distance is a key barrier to walking and cycle parking is in high demand.   They work with local partners such as Tfl to address issues, have a sustainability forum for all occupiers to disseminate information as well as a programme of green travel events (Dr Bike, Exchanging Places, Walk to Work, Bike Week, World Environment Day).

Key points to remember

  • The nature of the work and company ethos has a big impact on travel choice and staff behaviour
  • Baseline data is important – you need to know how people are commuting to the workplace, how they are travelling for business and, barriers to more sustainable choices
  • Travel surveys should be taken at a typical time (i.e. not during holidays or particularly cold or hot weather)
  • Having a clear travel policy signed off by senior colleagues and ensuring employees are aware of the policy can assist
  • There is funding available for businesses who are refurbishing and want to install measures such as cycle storage, and Camden Council are able to provide cycle safety training.

Freight case study: Camden Consolidation Centre

In deliveries, 18% of emissions are associated with the last 1% of the journey, therefore, the aim of freight consolidation is to reduce the number of vehicle movements in London to ease congestion, enhance road safety and improve air quality. Camden Council run a freight consolidation project, which sees deliveries taken at a centre in outer London before delivery by DHL. To get involved in the project, please contact CCCA for more information.

More information

Please see the event’s power point presentation containing links to further information, resources and support: CCCA-Sustainable transport workshop-July2017 (under ‘transport and air quality’ resurce library).

The CCCA can help you

The CCCA can produce a survey, travel plan, assist in staff engagement and carbon footprinting for your business. Please get in touch for a discussion on how we can help.