09 June 2010
AWP teams get smart with staff travel - new Smart cars help Bristol mental health teams reduce their carbon footprint and manage travel costs
Twenty low emission Smart cars have been delivered to Avon
and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) in Bristol
for use as pool cars, as part of the Trust's commitment to reducing
its environmental impact.
The diesel Pulse cars emit around half the CO2 per mile of the
average car and are A-rated for their fuel economy, making them
cheaper to run.
Sustainable production methods also mean the cars are easier to
recycle and they take up less road space.
Building on an existing pilot scheme, AWP aims for these
low emission cars to replace over 100,000 miles per year currently
undertaken by community teams in their own cars. This would reduce
emissions, save money and create more opportunities for staff to
leave their own cars at home.
Pierre Fox, AWP's Sustainable Travel Project Manager, says the
scheme is already proving popular: "We ran a small pilot scheme
early last year so that we could understand the benefits and costs
involved in pool vehicles. Since then, there has been considerable
interest in the scheme from staff members who understand the
potential advantages that the pool cars offer.
"This is just one of a number of initiatives to help the Trust
reduce its carbon footprint. We would hope to be able to expand the
project in the future as these vehicles offer a real opportunity to
reduce carbon emissions, manage costs and promote active travel - a
truly long term solution!"