Council car club scheme wins sustainable transport award

Borough of Poole’s electric ‘Car Club’ has won the Public Sector Transport Award at the Southern Sustainability Partnership Big Green Awards 2018.

Open to all Borough of Poole employees, the new Poole Car Club electric car sharing scheme has prevented approximately 3.8 tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere to date since its introduction in October 2017. 

The Poole Car Club initiative has introduced three electric cars, which are available Monday to Friday for staff to use for daily business travel. Each car can make a typical round trip of 80 miles without needing to be recharged. Promoting green travel outside work, once enrolled in the club, staff can also add personal membership to their corporate account and use the cars during evenings, weekends and public holidays. The electric vehicles are operated by Co-wheels, a social enterprise working to develop and improve access to more sustainable car use.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole said: “We are pleased to receive this recognition of excellence in sustainable travel. One of the main sources of greenhouse gases from the public sector is business travel undertaken by employees. Utilising low-emission electrical vehicles, we’ve delivered significant environmental benefits.’’

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, said: “The main benefit of our Car Club is that employees no longer need to take cars to work on the off-chance of needing them for business travel. They can take more sustainable transport to work and are encouraged to use the Car Club for shared journeys. This helps to reduce congestion and pollution in the town centre.’’

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