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. Public transport is an efficient alternative to the car and contributes to significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions (1).
Emissions of a public transport bus, compared to:
- 146.6g CO2 emissions of a passenger car (4)
Offer financial incentives such as a public transport rebate (e.g. reimburse 50%).
#2 Guarantee ride home
Guarantee ride home in the case of an unexpected event (eg. up to 5x per year).
Choose premises close to public transport.
Be flexible or adapt working hours to the arrival times of trains.
#5 Municipal encouragement
Encourage the municipality to improve the public transport network.
In areas where no safe public transport is available, consider providing a shuttle service for employees. Partner with other interested organisations in the vicinity. Go for electric and avoid diesel.
- Reduction of car-related costs
- Reduction of traffic congestion, stress, air pollution and noise
- More space to cyclists and pedestrians
- Communication on incentives from the organisation and the authorities
Prerequisites & specificities
- Access to public transport near workplace
- Working hours that fit to public transport schedules
- Subject to the uncertainties of transport (e.g. delays, strikes)
- Thefts in transportation
- Safety risks in certain areas
SIG bicycle incentive
Services Industriels de Geneve installed a covered and secured bicycle parking area equipped with charging stations powered by photovoltaic panels, provides electric bicycles for business travels in Geneva, and subsidies the purchase of a public transport pass in return for giving up the car (6).
Infomaniak soft mobility incentives
50% by public transport or 50% by bike or on foot: bonus of CHF 1’000 per year.
After a few months at Infomaniak, some employees thus abandon their car in favour of public transport or soft mobility (7).
The ICRC soft mobility plan
The ICRC soft mobility plan encourages the use of alternative modes of transport to the car (subsidies for public transport users, carpooling, electrically assisted bikes) (8).
Tools and good practices
To go further
Car use rationalisation
(1) The ICCT, Light vehicles. Read here.
(2) WWF, Reducing the impact of commuting, 2017. Read here.
(3) WWF, Reducing the impact of commuting, 2017. Read here.
(4) Stay Grounded, What is the climate impact of aviation? Read here.
(5) Stay Grounded, What is the climate impact of aviation? Read here.
(6) Canton de Genève and Canton de Vaud, Mobility plans: a guide for companies and institutions, 2016. Read here.
(7) Infomaniak, Ecology. Read here.
(8) Canton de Genève and Canton de Vaud, Mobility plans: a guide for companies and institutions, 2016. Read here.
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