Why is car use rationalisation important?
of global transport
emissions come from passenger vehicles
Commuting accounts for around 1/4 of the oil used by cars in the European Union
Around 1/3 of car journeys in the European Union are less than 3 km
Most car trips in the European Union are made with just
Cars are parked 23 hours a day in England
#1 Carpooling system
Set up an internal carpooling system, join forces with other organisations.
#2 Subscription support
Pay for part of the subscription to a carpooling or carsharing application.
#3 Parking advantages
Reserve parking to carpoolers and carsharers, don’t guarantee parking for others, apply an SUV-free parking policy, charge for the use of the parking.
Train staff and promote best practices.
#5 Alternative fuels
Incentivise the use of alternative fuels (e.g. by subsidising or informing about bioethanol conversion kits for cars).
#6 Electric vehicles
Facilitate the use of electric vehicles (e.g. by installing charging stations).
- Carpooling and carsharing provides opportunities for social interaction
- Saves money (maintenance, fuel, parking)
- Reduces congestion
- Reduces air and noise pollution, thus good for health
- Set comprehensive rules and processes
- Communication on incentives from the organisation and the authorities
Prerequisites & specificities
- Access to parking near workplace for carpooling and carsharing
- Access to charging stations for electric cars. Useful only in countries where electricity is not generated from fossil fuels
- Delays or cancellation for carpooling and carsharing
- Inequality in the services offered in the different offices
- Unfairness when benefits are for the richest (e.g. electric cars) and restrictions for the poorest (e.g. no parking for diesel cars)
- Employee dissatisfaction regarding parking restrictions or unequal benefits
La Poste eco-driving training
For 15 years, La Poste has been providing eco-driving training to its staff, resulting in 10% less fuel consumed per year and associated emissions.
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.
Losinger Marazzi and FairPark
Losinger Marazzi, uses “fairpark” where employees can choose between:
- Carpooler: commits to carpooling at least 3 times per week – earns a fixed parking space.
- Multimodal: commits to giving up the use of their car at least 3 times a week – earns a certain priority in the reservation.
- Autosolist: remains committed to using their car – no reserved parking or “last served”.
In total, nearly 50% of employees who used their personal car changed their travel habits.
Tools and good practices
Carrot strategies to carpool to work
These employer strategies influence employees to carpool to work. Carrot strategies encourage carpooling; stick strategies discourage driving alone.Read here
- Eco-friendly practices guide, ADEME
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