Norfolk-based Liftshare is helping fill empty car seats on the roads while offering a friendlier, greener and cheaper way to travel. By helping employers set up car sharing schemes and providing a free online national car sharing network, the organisation enables 100,000 journeys to be taken off the road every day, which it estimates will save about 110,000 tonnes of CO2 this year.
The city of Ghent has broken down the barriers to cycling and moved it into the mainstream with a range of initiatives designed to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes. This has included creating a car-free city centre and extensive development of the cycling network. Promotional activity including a subsidised student bike hire facility and a range of innovative marketing and information initiatives have helped reinforce cycling’s dominance in the city: nearly a fifth of all journeys to work and school in the city are now made on two wheels.
Student Switch Off is harnessing student silliness to take simple steps to save energy, including wrapping up warm, switching off lights and using lids on saucepans, so helping participating UK universities to keep a lid on their fuel costs. Through its inventive use of social media, peer-to-peer engagement and student-focused incentives, this exciting initiative last year helped participating universities cut their electricity consumption by over 7%. Some 43 universities and 18,000 students are involved so far.
The National Trust has cut energy use in its Wales region by a massive 41% over just two years, demonstrating that even the most sensitive buildings can be made much more energy efficient. Secrets of success include a combination of efficiency measures, sustainable heating technologies and culture change. As well as cutting down on energy use it has also installed renewable sources of energy, including solar PV and hydro power.