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Former Transport Planning Society ‘Transport Planner of the Year’ 

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Ian Drummond as a new Non-Executive director to support its growing sustainable travel consultancy business. Ian’s appointment brings the number of directors to four and he will bring over 36 years of award-winning experience in transport planning and policy to help the company continue to develop and deliver sustainable transport solutions across the UK.

Ian Drummond was awarded ‘Transport Planner of the Year’ in 2012 by the Transport Planning Society and in his previous role as Assistant Director, Transportation at Leicestershire County Council, he helped the authority to secure the ‘Local Transport Authority of the Year’ award in 2011. During his career with local authorities in the East Midlands and at the Department for Transport, Ian has worked on multi-million programmes and across a range of transportation fields including road pricing, policy and safety, highway network management, integrated transport models, bus networks and traffic management. 

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This sector can be perceived as being overly-fixated on cycling, walking and public transport as ‘alternative’ modes of transport – sometimes to the point of developing an anti-car lobby. However, we firmly believe that car use is an important part of the sustainable travel mix.

Sustainable travel is not just about getting cars off the road. If we are to achieve the necessary major reductions in CO2 emissions from transportation over the next 10-20 years, manage traffic growth and engage businesses, then cars have to be part of the solution and professional car management is required, for both private and fleet vehicles. They cannot and should not be seen as the problem.

Employee requirements drive consideration of transport options

Businesses today are built around the flexibility that cars offer. For those working in out of town destinations the only real option is the car. However, as factors such as reduced parking spaces and rising fuel costs impact these businesses ever more, other transport options begin to be considered.

Available to members of Smartgo sustainable travel networks in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stevenage

International car hire provider, Sixt is to offer 15 per cent discount off hire prices to over 80,000 business and leisure users across Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stevenage. The agreement, signed with sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions will offer major savings on car hire in the UK for all members of the Smartgo sustainable travel networks in the three areas, plus members of the Business Travel Networks in Coalville and Loughborough in Leicestershire.

The collective membership of the Smartgo and Business Travel Networks – co-ordinated by Go Travel Solutions - is over 130 businesses, covering over 80,000 employees. For information on joining the Smartgo or Business Travel Networks in your area, contact 0116 216 8326, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.smartgo.co.uk.

Smarter Working Forum in Milton Keynes will provide local businesses with advice on reducing their dependence on physical travel for meetings

From 12-2pm on 10 July 2014 at T-Systems Limited in Milton Keynes

Local businesses in Milton Keynes are invited to find out how they can use the latest communications technology to reduce the time and expense involved in travelling to meetings. 

Employees from sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions have been helping Colchester-based charity, Re~Cycle with the repair and shipping of refurbished bikes to Africa.

Re~Cycle is Go Travel Solutions’ chosen charity and the finished bikes will go to people living in rural areas including Gambia, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Madagascar. They will offer people a route out of poverty, giving them opportunities to travel to work, healthcare locations and school. Since 1997, Re~Cycle has sent more than 53,000 bikes to Africa, plus parts and tools.

 

Increasing the numbers of employees working from home could save up to £3bn in energy costs for UK businesses, reducing over three million tonnes of carbon emissions nationwide.

That's according to a new report released today (21 May) by the Carbon Trust. The report indicates that homeworking can significantly reduce office energy consumption and rental costs, as well as additional CO2 emissions created by employees when commuting. 

Advances in technologies such as smartphones and cloud computing means it is now all the more feasible, with the report revealing a significant increase in homeworkers to over four million out of a 30 million-strong workforce. 

"Homeworking is on the rise, with numbers increasing by over half a million since 2007," said the Carbon Trust's managing director of advisory Hugh Jones. "This new research shows that in the right circumstances, it has the potential to be expanded significantly and be a win-win for business and the environment." 

The Carbon Trust's research goes on to reveal a critical finding: carbon savings are sometimes not achieved because of potential rebound effects, particularly the increased carbon emissions from employees working in homes that often energy inefficient. 

Balancing act 

Jones says business must therefore take care to factor in their individual circumstances when considering homeworking policies, to ensure that these will actually cut carbon emissions and not increase them. 

"Significant financial and carbon savings can be achieved from the roll out of homeworking," he said. "But companies must be careful to ensure that they get the balance right, for if employers do not take account of their individual circumstances, a rebound effect, from employees heating inefficient homes, may actually lead to an increase in carbon emissions." 

Over 40 per cent of UK jobs are compatible with working from home, but only 35 per cent of companies have a policy allowing their employees to do so. And where homeworking is offered by companies, between one-third and one-half choose not to accept it. 

Workplaces that can realise the greatest immediate environmental benefits from a shift to homeworking tend to be those with long average employee commutes, especially by car, and where employers are contemplating a move to new premises. 

Case study: Cisco 

One firm that has taken advantage of the energy reduction benefits of telecommuting is networking equipment manufacturer Cisco. 

Ian Foddering, Cisco's chief technology officer and technical director, said: "By 2018, there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices globally. As such, telecommuting will not only become commonplace but is already in the progress of fast becoming the most natural way for people to work and collaborate globally. Cisco has aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and suppliers worldwide, and telecommuting is helping us to achieve these goals. 

"The average Cisco employee telecommutes two days a week and those using our Cisco Virtual Office technology typically work from home three days each week. In total, this amounts to avoiding 35 million miles of commuting per year. Not only is this great for the environment, reducing Cisco's CO2 emissions by 17,000 tonnes annually, but it's also great for business, with an estimated $333 million per year made in productivity savings. 

"Although some organisations may experience cultural barriers in adopting telecommuting, we believe our experience at Cisco demonstrates the real benefits to the environment, the business and the individual employee." 

 

Source: www.edie.net

 

 

 

 

From 2.30-4.30pm on 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage

Local business in the Stevenage area can get access to free advice on how they can benefit from sustainable travel at a free Get Smarter Travel Forum. The Forum will help businesses to discover how travel plans can help them to reduce pressures on car parking, cut business travel costs, promote cheaper and healthier ways to travel, reduce their carbon footprint and enhance their corporate reputation.

The Forum is part of the Smartgo Stevenage programme and will take place from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage, St Georges Way, SG1 1HS. Attendees will find out how they can retain and recruit staff through cheaper and easier commuting, learn about the discounts on offer through the Smartgo Stevenage network, and hear how local businesses such as GSK and MBDA have benefited from their sustainable travel plans.

Project Manager


Cliff Jones

Project Client


Gloucestershire County Council

Challenge - what was the primary challenge or set of challenges facing the client? What was the business case for change?

With up to 30,000 households and numerous community groups in Gloucester and Churchdown and ahead of a time of significant highway works, Gloucestershire County Council identified a need to provide excellent and timely travel choice information for local residents. 

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