Ariella, I hope so too. Locally it has significantly impacted the economy here in the United Kingdom, through various measures introduced by the government in a bid to reduce Carbon emissions. Such measure includes ‘car sharing schemes’, congestion charges, this applies to motorist travelling to the hearts of London, measures such as ‘A no parking zones’ and provision of bicycle racks and sheds. In effect, it has reduced the cost of paying expenses to staff members in most organisations and has increased revenue for the government via congestion charges levy and no parking zones schemes – this is just to name a few steps taken by the government and organisations to cut back on air pollutions.
Exactly Susan, trend is going as you reported, Govs could speed up ramping behaviour. According to Jato report dated March 2011, Southern Europe is holding 1st position in the rank as region with highest ( CO2 g / Km ) emission due to traffic congestion, in addition to lack of adequate facilities also to support and promote telecommuters (very low penetration of dsl access and broadband).
Ariella, -- The difference is that in Europe the roads and sidewalks are in better condition and they are cyclist friendly. There are European cities -Helsinki is just one of them- where not only the bike paths do exist everywhere but also they are 100% respected.
There is a bike culture in Europe that serves and promotes exercising and cutting carbon emissions. And believe me, there is a differece in the air. When you have been in polluted cities you feel it immediately.
I can confirm what Susan reported and I would say it is a matter of "global culture" and "people attitude", not limited to logistics and facilities provided by companies. Going further, I would highlight telecommuting is not so common especially in Central - Southern Europe otherwise it could be basically first step in energy saving and emissions reducing. Govs there, could promote more and more that way to work.
pocharle - Many companies have showers and saunas for the employees in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries. And the companies not necesarily have to be big. Small companies with just a few employees have showers and saunas, too.
Some employees go to work by bicycle during the whole summer as a way of exercising, saving in transport pass and also helping the environment. Telecommuting is becoming more and more common, too.
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