- We will continually reduce our per-employee vehicular GHG emissions associated with both employee commuting and business trips over 2010 levels. By 2016, we will:
- Reduce GHG emissions associated with employee commuting by 5 percent based on a 2010 baseline
- Reduce GHG emissions associated with reimbursed business trips by 50 percent per mile based on a 2010 baseline
Next Steps for Transportation
- Investigate applicability of a bicycle tax credit or commuting tax credit (Spring 2015)
- Purchase or lease a hybrid electric vehicle (Spring/Summer 2015)
- Install two electric vehicle charging stations (Summer 2015)
- Implement an employee commuting incentive program rewarding employees for using alternative forms of transportation or carpooling (Summer/Fall 2015)
- Continue educating staff about our goal and avenues to help us meet them through staff meeting updates and Brendle Group-specific bike to work days (2015)
Tracking Our Sustainability Performance
When it comes to transportation metrics, we track the commuting habits of Brendle Group employees as well as vehicle and air miles for business-related travel.
In 2015, we saw a marked increase in overall miles traveled and associated emissions, due primarily to an increased number of employees and the continued evolution of our Denver office transportation patterns and tracking. We also saw our airline travel increase to 80,812 miles, in line with historical levels but an increase of 34% over 2014. We had a 24% increase over our 2010 baseline in commuting emissions per employee, but the increase in number of employees actually led to exceeding our goal of 25% reduction in GHG emissions per employee mile compared to the 2010 baseline. Other factors that contributed to the reduction included to our carpooling efforts, increased vehicle efficiency standards, and less GHG intensive commuting generally from employees.
To support our transportation goals, we installed a dual electric vehicle charging station at our Fort Collins headquarters. This enabled one of our Denver employees to purchase an electric vehicle to commute (and lead the carpooling effort) at the end of 2015. As we move into 2016, we are continuing to focus on reducing emissions from car travel in particular, and identifying means to encourage alternative transportation. The launch of Bustang, a Fort Collins to Denver regional bus line, in July of 2015, has proven effective for low emissions travel between the Fort Collins and Denver office. Additionally, Denver-based employees will be looking to subsidized transit passes for daily commutes.
In addition to our previous goals for 2016, we added a new goal in 2014 that we are proud to report has been accomplished prior to the 2016 target. Our long-standing goals are based on reducing GHG emissions on a per-employee basis: - Reduce GHG emissions associated with employee commuting by 5 percent based on a 2010 baseline - Reduce GHG emissions associated with reimbursed business trips by 50 percent per mile based on a 2010 baseline
Our new goal combines both employee commuting and business travel into one goal:
- Reduce GHG emissions 25 percent per employee mile traveled from the 2010 baseline
The graph below shows the historical progress towards our goal of a 5 percent reduction in commuting GHG emissions from our 2010 baseline, which is 1.02 metric ton (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per employee. In 2015, our emissions increased to 1.26 MT of CO2e per employee or 24% above our 2010 baseline, reflecting the overall increase in commuting miles of 53% from 2014 to 2015, especially from Denver to Fort Collins.
The next graph shows our progress towards a 50% reduction in business related GHG emissions on a per employee basis from our 2010 baseline. Our 2010 baseline is 0.60 MT of CO2e per employee and in 2015 it was 0.42 MT CO2e per employee, which is a 29% reduction and roughly the same amount as 2014 despite an increase of 33% in absolute air miles due to increased hiring.
The last graph below shows how we are progressing towards our new goal of a 25% reduction in GHG emissions on a per-employee mile traveled basis for both commuting and business travel. The graph shows our 2010 baseline of 0.034 kilograms of CO2e per employee mile traveled and our goal of 0.025 kg CO2e. As shown in the graph, in 2015 we emitted 0.020 kg of CO2e per employee mile traveled, exceeding our goal and seeing 40% reduction from 2010 and a 33% reduction from 2014. This reflects the greater efficiency in transportation, our carpooling efforts, and the efficiency of travel of our new hires.