On the basis that ‘every little helps’ BT is encouraging UK businesses to implement car-sharing schemes for their staff after they revealed that its own scheme had proved a hit with staff, with more than 1,000 people already registered and reaping the environmental benefits.
That equates however to just 1.1% of the BT workforce.
Nevertheless, the effort is laudable and BT says a typical daily car-sharer reduces their annual carbon footprint by up to a tonne of CO2, and gives savings of up to £1,000 each on transport costs. By reducing the overall number of cars on the road, there is also less congestion and fewer problems with parking.
Simon Paul, BT Group environment manager, said: “Sharing travel by car to and from work, or to meetings and business events, has already helped BT people make a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and other related environmental impacts, as well as substantially reducing the cost of their motoring.
“The success of BT’s car-sharing scheme has shown that there is great scope for UK companies of all sizes to implement their own – a win for the environment and a great way of saving money for passengers and drivers alike. If just half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week, congestion and pollution would be reduced by ten per cent.”