Name of client/donor
Regional Environmental Center Head Office
January 2015 – January 2017
Number of staff
The REC's Smart Cities and Mobility team drafted a staff mobility plan in mid-2014 with a veiw to encouraging the more sustainable travel of its staff to and from the office. The initiative and the resulting strategic framework emerged thanks to the REC's experience with initiatives such as CIVITAS and European Mobility Week, and a wish to "walk the talk".
The aim was to encourage a modal shift away from single-occupancy vehicles towards more sustainable modes of transport such as ride sharing, cycling, public transport use and walking. The initiative contributed to the REC's 2016-2020 Strategy, which, among other things, sees the organisation leading through innovation, mitigating the gravest environmental challenges, and combating climate change by fostering sustainable and healthy lifestyles.
Among the measures identified in the staff mobility plan, the REC concentrated on the development of a smart transport monitoring tool — that is, an IT-based ride-sharing platform for car poolers and bike-to-work actions. The REC also provides a shuttle bus that functions as a public transport feeder service, bringing staff to and from the suburban rail/regional bus intermodal hub.
The REC has actively implemented its mobility plan since the start of 2015, thanks to the support of its IT developers and mobility manager, Jerome Simpson. The transport monitoring tool and IT-based ride-sharing platform track savings in HUF/litre and carbon dioxide, as well as carbon dioxide emissions and calories burned. The website is also a reporting tool, tracking the REC's monthly performance and enabling year-on-year evaluations of the accompanying modal shifts that have been achieved. These tools are being continuously developed and are introduced on the dedicated mobility services website.
Activities to support the REC's cycling commuters are more or less complete, bar continuous active encouragement on site and via an online community on Facebook, although greater attention is expected towards developing an internal policy on the sustainable mobility of REC staff (incorporating telecommuting and an emphasis on nurturing more active travel modes).
The main aim in the coming year is to further develop the smart monitoring tool and ride-sharing platform and to begin sharing these experiences through workshops, guidelines and ultimately technology transfer within workplaces across Europe, in a bid to foster the take-up of site-based travel planning. Funding and/or sponsorship is actively being sought to this end.
- Awareness raising
- Technical services
- Information gathering