Posted on: November 3, 2017 at 10:23 AM    

The announcement by our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that climate change would be one of the Government’s top priorities, has led to a lot of discussion about what shape and form that this may take and how it will affect businesses.

Whilst trying to second-guess policy discussions is often a futile endeavour, it is safe to assume that the introduction of a Zero Carbon Act will require the identification, measurement and monitoring of our emissions.

For most, non-energy intensive companies, you may not think that this will have much effect on your business. However, with transport-related emissions being the largest source of emissions in our urban areas, comprising around a third of Auckland’s emissions alone, this is likely to be an area of intense interest.

So, what can you can do about it?

Depending on the scale and size of your business, there are a range of different approaches that can be taken to reduce your transport-related emissions:

  • Fleet Audits – Through reviewing what type of vehicles and/or fleet requirements you have, you can then assess it against your current capabilities.  Is it fit for purpose?  Quite often companies over-specify their vehicle requirements, therefore increasing costs and associated emissions, which if addressed, can bring immediate savings.
  • Review company policies – What policies do you currently have regarding staff travel?  Is video-conferencing encouraged over flying?  For short journeys, are staff encouraged to walk or bike, or do they take taxis?  By ensuring that your company policies are up-to-date, and more importantly followed, you can save money and reduce emissions.
  • Staff travel plans – How your staff travel to and from work can have a big impact on their effectiveness and efficiency.  Do they are arrived stressed or energised? If you provide on-site car parking, are there more productive uses for this space?  Personalised journey plans can be developed for staff to show the different travel options available, including cost, health and time impacts.  These tools can help a business demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their staff, while also reducing absenteeism and transport-related emissions.

While these are just a few of the different approaches that can be used, our experience is that almost all businesses can make immediate savings on their travel and transport requirements, helping both your bottom line as well as the environment.

If you're interested in finding out more about customised travel plans for your organisation, download our Travel Whiz flyer (pdf, 2MB).

Blog written by Matthew Noon, Principal Transportation Planner, Abley Transportation Consultants

Dixon Street Wellington New Zealand