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#LiveGreenSG Business Tips: Transportation

31 Oct, 2018 4:39:04 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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Each worker travels an average of 15 km per day to reach their workplace, which means about 6600 km per year.

Transportation, whether road, air or maritime, is responsible for 13% of CO2 emissions worldwide (road transport 10%, other transport about 3%). To fight against global warming, everyone should change their travel habits.

People can start by limiting the environmental impact of their business travel. Here are the first eco-responsible measures to set up, for a green journey to get to work:

 

Use Public Assets.

Traveling by car has a heavy environmental impact: 50% of the deaths due to air pollution are related to polluting gas emissions of road transport. To get to work, take the bus or the MRT. You will reduce your transportation budget and help improve air quality. There’s no telling what interesting people you may encounter in your journey.

 

Breathe.

Soft transport is a non-polluting mode of transport: it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases and is beneficial for exercise and health. To limit air and noise pollutions related to transport, opt for gentle transport for your short trips: walking, cycling, roller skating, kick scooter, skateboarding.

Choose soft transport is choosing health, well-being and the protection of the environment. It is also about saving money. For the ultimate health benefits, pick one that requires you to actually work out - e-scooters, or e-bicycles that do the heavy lifting for you, will only leave you, well, heavy. Time to work out those fitbits or get your step count higher.

 

Try Teleworking / Working Remotely.

Telework allows the employee to work outside the premises of the company using information and communication technologies. It avoids the expense, fatigue and pollution related to travel. The conditions for checking the working time of the teleworker are provided for by collective agreement or in the employment contract.

As an employer, anticipate the organization of teleworking. As an employee, it shows higher levels of self-discipline and autonomy. Nicole needs teleworking, to stop her from making that racket with her flip flops at work - most annoying.

 

Share.

If you do not have the opportunity to get to work by public or soft transports, why not carpool with co-workers?

It is a solution that reduces polluting emissions per person and is moreover convivial. Many benefits result from this travel-sharing initiative: reduce expenses by sharing fuel costs, saving on vehicle wear by alternating the car chosen, and share a friendly moment with co-workers.

 

Use Technology.

At work, you may have to travel regularly for meetings with suppliers, interviews with customers. Travel is polluting, but is also a waste of time and fatigue for the employee. Part of these trips can thus be avoided: meet with people by telephone, conference call, video conference. Use information and communication technologies at your disposal!

Note: Always remember the difference between a telephone call and a video call to avoid any ‘accidental surprises’.

 

Pamper Your Car.

To save fuel, you must practice eco-driving, not overload your car, and check that the tires are properly inflated. Underinflation of 0.5 bar means 2.4% more fuel consumption. So check the pressure of your tires regularly, for your safety and your wallet. Loading your car will automatically increases fuel consumption: 10kg of cargo equals 1% more fuel consumption. Travel light!

Eco-driving also reduces fuel consumption and your CO2 emissions: Drive at constant speed. Do not brake hard. Do not start by pressing the accelerator. Stop the engine when the shutdown lasts more than 20 seconds. Last but not least, limit your use of air conditioning: it can increase your fuel consumption by 25% in the city.

 

Offset.

Our trips, especially in car and plane, and our energy consumption emit greenhouse gases. In order to limit their impact on climate change, we have to reduce our polluting journeys.

But if you can’t manage to do that, it is possible to offset your carbon emissions. It is called carbon offsetting: this system supports projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including projects in forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energies. When you think about having regional conferences or events where any people are flying around, think about making these events carbon neutral through offsets - they cost more to the environment than you think and it all adds up for sure.

Learn more about Carbon Offsets: https://blog.espower.com.sg/what-is-carbon-neutral-electricity

Learn more about Carbon Neutral Events:

http://blog.espower.com.sg/carbon-neutral-events-making-your-event-green-sustainable-with-es-power



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Topics: Business

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.