24 July 2019
Leeds City Council has launched a £150,000 fund to help employers in Leeds support sustainable travel and reduce emissions.
The scheme will help tackle air pollution and protect the health of everyone in Leeds by allocating grants to the best proposals submitted that will reduce the use of diesel or petrol vehicles amongst staff, service users or other third parties. Proposals will be scored based on how they will benefit air quality within Leeds, the longevity of these benefits, and value for money.
Businesses, organisations and consortiums can propose any scheme that would reduce the number of journeys using a diesel or petrol vehicle or replace them with cleaner vehicles, however a non-exhaustive list of ideas for potential schemes include:
· Reducing journeys by supporting a workplace car sharing scheme.
· Reducing journeys by supporting staff to use active travel instead, such as providing staff cycle storage or shower facilities.
· Reducing journeys by providing an electric or hybrid bus to transport of staff between sites.
· Reducing journeys by installing smart working technology (such as videoconferencing).
· Reducing journeys of delivery couriers by providing reception facilities to accept staff deliveries .
· Replacing delivery vans with cargo bikes or electric vehicles for last mile delivery.
The funding competition is part of the council's government-funded early measures work to improve air quality prior to the introduction of the Clean Air Zone.
Air pollution has been shown to cause or worsen a range of lung and heart conditions including asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic heart disease and stroke.