Facilities for staff along with measures which help to create a coherent travel management strategy are continually increasing in both number and scope. In 2014, the shower area in Dübendorf was renovated, and the corporate travel figures were published on the Eawag website for the first time, on the “Environment and Energy” page. From 1st January, 2015 the Job Season Ticket is being introduced for staff. The company’s endeavours towards corporate travel management are listed here [pdf].
Use of public transport
The concessions offered by the government in order to promote more environmentally-friendly passenger transport for both business and private purposes are further enhanced by Eawag (funded by car-parking fees and the CO2 and incentive levy for car use). This measure has been in place since 2002, and was the initiative of the Ecology Team.
In total, private general season tickets were subsidised by CHF 1,255 (2nd class) and CHF 1,630 (1st class). In line with general government policy, staff who have worked for the company for at least a year receive a half-fare season ticket free of charge.
The ZVV BonusPass, Z BonusPass and Passepartout Job Season Ticket (for LU, OW & NW) offer benefits to Eawag staff members who live in the vicinity of their workplace. There is often no advantage to buying the General Season Ticket for these individuals, and the half-fare season ticket is also hardly worth their while as this does not give a discount on season tickets for a specific route. The Job Season Ticket therefore plugs a gap. The cost of the Season Ticket is lowered with a contribution from Eawag that is greater than the difference between the Season Ticket price and the full price. In addition, the Job Season Ticket enables the holder to use the regional transport network at a reduced price.
Flights and CO2 compensation
The CO2 compensation levy for flights is charged at a minimum of CHF 20 and a maximum of CHF 200. The proceeds from this are used in implementing CO2-saving measures at Eawag (for an overview of the current initiative, see the Cycling section below). Where externally-funded flights are concerned, support has been given to myclimate - the Climate Protection Partnership since 2003.
Tips for when considering transport options for business trips:
- Keep delegation size to a minimum
- Consider telephone or video conference as an alternative
- Combine trips or take on a brief on behalf of a colleague
- Use the train, and, where possible, sleeper train, for inland trips of under 800 km (have your say regarding start times of meetings)
- Avoid continental flights of under 600 km (e.g. to Amsterdam or Vienna)
Calculate the most environmentally-friendly travel option:
- Environmental pollution: air travel within Europe creates five to six times the pollution of rail travel.
- Journey time: The total journey time by plane is longer than it takes by rail in the case of rail journeys under five hours.
- Costs: Going by sleeper train can save work time as well as saving on hotel costs.
Presentation «Fly aware» [pdf]
Eawag received awards from ProVelo Switzerland in 2004 and 2009 in recognition of its work to improve bike access to public transport.
Cycling promotion is funded through an internal incentive levy on air travel.
Infrastructure: In Dübendorf, Eawag instigated the extension of the cycle and footpath along the banks of the Chriesbach. Since 2010 the path has run underneath a heavily-used crossroads. At Stettbach station, lockable bike parking is operated jointly with Empa. The site is rented from the Dübendorf municipal council. It was renovated in 2010 and extended to accommodate a total of 140 bicycles; the space is already full to capacity. The bike stands on the Dübendorf and Kastanienbaum grounds have also been upgraded, with electric charging points installed at both sites. As far as repairs are concerned, there are cooperative agreements in place with local bike shops.
Bike collection and borrowing scheme: An annual scheme is in place to collect up abandoned and faulty bicycles. So far, fifty have been repaired and made available as company bikes for staff to borrow free of charge for up to a year on payment of a deposit. Eawag colleagues can contact the repair shop if interested. Bikes can also be borrowed for just a few hours at a time free of charge (please enquire at Reception). A similar offer exists for staff and guests in Kastanienbaum.
Bicycle-friendly organisation and further details on bike borrowing
Since 2006 we have been successfully participating in the ‘Bike to work' initiative.