Its not all about sending suited execs in rickshaws. I have explored some sustainable transport options for business that won’t ruffle feathers in the boardroom. Some options are obvious, while others are a bit more novel.
#1 Couriers: Cyclists and Electric Vans
Several Irish couriers are now offering cycle based courier services and electric van services to deliver. A much greener approach in comparison to diesel guzzling trucks.
#2 Ditch the taxi: Bike-share and Buses
There are a few options here. For employees who are energetic, both Dublin Bikes and Bleeper Bike offer very low cost alternatives to taxis. For the less energetic, Dublin Bus offers a short hop fare (1-3 stages) for only €1.50 on Leapcard. If raining or just too much hassle National Radio Cabs offers a fleet for electric cars. Equally if your employees drive, or if you only occasionally need them to visit clients or deliver small packages; GoGar have a range of both electric and high efficiency diesel/unleaded vehicles you can use when needed – without paying continued overheads.
#3 Consolidated last mile delivery
Consolidated shipments have been frequently used by companies to avail of bulk discounts across continents. The concept of consolidated last mile delivery is now being explored by Dublin and Belfast City Councils. Although the idea is only in the early proposal stages, there is in theory nothing stopping retailers from taking one Ford Transit with stock into the city, making 3 stops, instead of 3 smaller vans. Equally, it may be cheaper to arrange your own collection from multiple suppliers and make one delivery to your store or office. For outbound shipments (e-commerce) it really makes very little sense to do multiple pickups each day by couriers unless your product spoils rapidly – even most takeaway drivers bring more than one order with them on a run! If doing your own occasional deliveries, GoCar might be an option instead of running a fleet of vans which are inactive most of the time.
Not a new concept – if your employees do not have to commute to work, they normally will produce fewer CO2 emissions during their working day – providing they are not using a coal fire to heat their home and would have otherwise not cycled to work.
#5 Mileage costing a fortune: Take the train
Employees driving to conduct work is a major environmental burden, time sink and unless necessary to carry tools and materials, is probably pointless. For example, mileage from Dublin to Cork in a 1.8 litre car would be €221 (247km X 44.79c/km X roundtrip). The same train booked a day before, on first class, journey costs €117… so you can treat that employee to electric taxis at the end of the journey and still save money – even before accounting for five hours of total desk work they can complete while travelling.
Going for more sustainable options in your business transport can result in:
- Healthier workers – bicycles, less time spent in cars.
- Lower CO2 emissions – sustainable commuting and deliveries.
- Lower costs – vehicle sharing, trains and buses are often cheaper than mileage.
- Greater productivity – turn time spent driving into productive work time.