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Staff travel: carshare cuts carbon

Responsible Heathrow case study

Over 76,500 people work at Heathrow. That's a lot of journeys to and from work every day - many by car. We recognise that commuting by car clogs up roads, while exhaust fumes affect local air quality and contribute to climate change, because burning petrol and diesel releases nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere.

Heathrow's Carshare scheme gives everyone who works at Heathrow the chance to commute together - helping us reduce cost, carbon and congestion. 

Since starting in 2002, the scheme has achieved a great deal including;

  • Encouraging a cut in solo car journeys by employees from 71% in 2004 to 58.8% in 2011
  • Attracting over 7,940 members in total and 255 new members every month
  • Since 2009, Carshare helped its members drive over 24 million fewer miles, saving nearly 12,500 tonnes of CO2.

Members save money because car sharing halves the cost of petrol for individuals.  As a reward for taking part, they can also use priority parking bays in several airport car parks, obtain discounted offers and get a lift home free of charge if their car does break down.

The system is open to everyone working at Heathrow companies and matches members by location and working hours, to make the process as easy and convenient as possible.  And because almost half of Heathrow staff come from five local authorities around the airport, finding a carshare partner is even easier.

Heathrow’s Sustainable Mobility Zone in partnership with Guardian Sustainable Business