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Transport: what can we do? 

This blog offers directions and resources for third sector organisations in Glasgow looking to reduce their transport emissions. How people get to you is part of your organisation’s carbon footprint. The good news is that’s more controllable than you might think. 

 

Help for organisations 

When we talk about reducing the carbon footprint of a building, we first speak about reducing the energy needed to heat it (see our checklist). In the same way, the best ways to reduce emissions from transport reduce the need for a car.  

We recommend beginning with a transport survey of your staff. You may ask: 

  • How do your staff and volunteers get to work?  
  • How far are they travelling?  
  • How do they wish to travel?  
  • Are there factors preventing them from using active or public transport? If they go by car, it may be because they must, for instance, due to disability. 

With your survey done, identify any alternatives to car transport to your location. Discuss opportunities with your staff and volunteers to ensure everyone affected by changes has a say in them.  

As is the case in much of Glasgow, the distance travelled may be short, but there might not be infrastructure in place for walking. Paths for All can advise on what is available to improve the paths around you. 

Cycling is another option. You could become a cycling friendly employer – see more information from Cycling Scotland on how to do so. Consider a Cycle2Work scheme, which is where you buy cycles for staff whose pay then covers it in small instalments. De’ils on Wheels are currently selling a range of bikes.  

Way to Work Scotland and Sustainable Travel provide other support and options for workplaces. If car transport is necessary, you may learn from discussions with staff and volunteers if car sharing would work.  

There may be grants for electric vehicle charging station, but public transport and active transport are better for carbon than an electric vehicle. Their exhaust pipe is at the power station. Even a bus using fossil fuels can outperform an individual electric vehicle on emissions. 

 

For the city 

We have built our communities in ways that leave us dependent on cars. Glasgow City Council’s own research shows half of all vehicle journeys in Glasgow are less than 3km and 70% are under 5km. This is due to infrastructure and lack of public transport routes. Green groups have pushed for years for more and better public transport. 

Recently, the Sustaining Choices project in Whiteinch and Scotstoun co-designed a transport strategy for the areas with those who live there.  

Get Glasgow Moving, is pushing for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to use its existing powers to set bus routes and prices in Glasgow, which it currently chooses not to do. Join in with the effort here: Better Buses for Strathclyde campaign.  

You could also get involved in national climate campaigning, for instance, through Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Learn more about the transport issues facing the country from their manifesto.

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Join our upcoming Glasgow Climate Action Hub event, with Cycling Scotland and Bike for Good, to hear about active transport options and support available:

Active Transport Options for third sector groups – Wed 7 Feb 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

If your have ideas and resources you’d like to add please get in touch by email or in the comments below.


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Please contact our climate change coordinators, Gazelle and Robert, at climate@gcvs.org.uk with any questions.

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