A man commuting, standing on a platform waiting for a train.
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Teleworking, public transport, soft mobility or carpooling, commuters and car owners can embrace a more sustainable way of travelling to work, to tackle climate change but also provide a better quality of life, cleaner air and health benefits for all. 

Why is commuting important?

Light vehicles, including passenger cars, account for about a third of global oil demand and produce about half of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions (1).

Changing commuting behaviour is a key factor in sustainable mobility, with great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. It can also significantly contribute to improving the quality of life for staff, saving time and money.  

Organisations can drive change by setting ambitions, developing a corporate mobility plan and implementing policies that encourage and incentivise cleaner and healthier mobility choices.  

Maintaining and institutionalising teleworking is critical to reducing emissions, building upon the Covid-19 experience. Green commuting includes public transport, soft mobility (cycling, walking), carpooling or carsharing, efficient driving and switching to electric cars.  

Key facts

23 hours

Cars are parked 23 hours a day in England (2)

271 kg CO2e less

271 kg CO2e less per year for one day a week of remote working (3)


Less than 3 km

Around 1/3 of car journeys in the European Union are less than 3 km(4)

A woman commuting on a bicycle on a city street.
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Key solutions

Success stories

ICRC mobility plan

The ICRC’s mobility plan has reduced the number of cars at the HQ site by half. The mobility plan is structured around three complementary axes: encouraging the use of alternative modes of transport to the car (subsidies for public transport users, carpooling, electrically assisted bikes), optimising parking management (allocation, access criteria, pricing and occasional parking) and communication (5).

Services Industriels de Genève biking system

Services Industriels de Genève installed a covered and secured bicycle parking area equipped with ​charging stations powered by photovoltaic panels. They also provide electric bicycles for business travels in Geneva and ​subsidise the purchase of a public transport pass in return for giving up the car (6).

VINCI’s carpooling for employees

In 2015, VINCI launched a company carpooling system via the Klaxit app, available to their 1700 employees. One year after the launch, 16% of employees were offering their journey on the app and 30% of them were carpooling regularly (7).

La Poste eco-driving trainings

For 15 years, La Poste provides eco-driving trainings to its staff, resulting in 10% less fuel consumed per year and associated emissions (8).

Tools and best practices


(1) Light vehicles, The ICCT, 2021. Read here.

(2) Around 1/3 of car journeys in the European Union are less than 3 km. Read here.

(3) Cars are parked 23 hours a day in England. Read here.

(4) 271 kg CO2e less per year per day of remote working. Read here.

(5) Plans de mobilité guide à l’attention des entreprises et institutions, Canton de Vaud, 2021. Read here.

(6) Plans de mobilité guide à l’attention des entreprises et institutions, Canton de Vaud, 2021. Read here.

(7) Klaxit. See here.

(8) La Poste Solutions. Read here.


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Soft mobility

Soft mobility

Public transport

Public transport

Car use rationalisation

Car use rationalisation