CO2 impact of travel with Anders Reizen

Under the motto ‘Anders Reizen’ (‘Alternative Travel’) 40 large companies with a total workforce of about 290,000 have experimented with a range of travel options to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with their transport activity. Based on their experience they have identified various best practices. These companies have set themselves the target of reducing their transport (including air travel) by 50% by the year 2030 relative to 2016.

At the request of Dutch Rail (NS) CE Delft has assessed the potential of these best practices and also examined the likely impact of several additional measures. These vary from increased travel-cost reimbursement for cycling to work and free issue of a public-transport card, for example, to restrictions on (free) parking at the workplace. Besides individual measures, it was also assessed by how much the companies’ carbon footprint would decrease if all the measures examined were introduced.

This short, exploratory report shows the measures have major potential. If all the measures – some of them very robust – are introduced, a 50% emissions reduction is feasible. For broad implementation a number of barriers would need to be tackled, however, including certain tax rules and municipal parking policies. Additionally, these results would only be possible after substantial expansion of cycling infrastructure and public transport.