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To beat air pollution we must urge people out of cars, say researchers

While CO2 emissions may be reducing, new research shows dust from brakes, tyres and road surfaces contributes to over half of particle pollution from UK road transport and will still pollute the air even when all vehicles are electric. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said the papers ‘make clear that it is not just fumes from…
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Mass modal shift in Italy – a two-year comparison

Like many major cities, Bologna struggles to manage traffic congestion and its side-effects. In 2017 and 2018, BetterPoints helped Bologna motivate more than 20,000 people to think differently about their transport options. SRM, Bologna’s the public transport authority, wanted to try a new approach to tackling CO2 emissions. They had tried banning the use of…
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Why HR and CSR benefit from Behaviour Change programmes

HR professionals know that an engaged and fulfilled workforce has significant knock-on benefits for an organisation. These days, that means you need excellent green and social credentials. A study by PWC found that a staggering 88% of Millennials gravitated toward companies with pronounced CSR programmes, and 86% would consider leaving if their employer’s CSR stopped…
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Volunteer-friendly business is good business

Volunteering can be immensely powerful and beneficial. According to Paul Buddery, Director of Strategy for Volunteering Matters, volunteering is likely to improve physical and mental health, raise life satisfaction and self-esteem, and even reduce milder depressive symptoms and psychological distress, as well as improving local communities.  Some businesses and organisations do encourage employees to undertake…
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Being active for charity is motivating for employees

There are lots of ways to motivate employees. One that resonates with many is the opportunity to give back to the local community, and donating to charity is one way to do this. Challenges which raise money for charity can be a fantastic motivator, support the community and showcase your organisation in a positive way. …
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UK Air Quality is improving but there’s a long way to go

A new long-term study, released yesterday, has shown that early deaths linked to poor air quality in the UK fell by half between 1970 and 2010. The improvement is largely attributed to legislation which led to the cleaning up of power stations and vehicles.  However the crisis is far from over. Toxic air is today…
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How a BetterPoints Workplace Challenge got Sarah on her bike

BetterPoints is working with businesses and organisations in Bridgwater in Somerset to motivate employees to be more active and travel more sustainably. Workplaces across the town are taking part in the initiative which we’re running in partnership with Sustrans and other partners.  Sarah, who works locally, is finding the BetterPoints app has had a positive…
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Why commuters should choose greener transport

Congestion cost the UK economy £8bn in 2018, yet car use is the highest it’s been and commuters spend up to three days a year each stuck in rush-hour traffic. Car use is at an all-time high in Britain say ETA, the organisers of Green Transport Week; and, as the roads get busier, really green…
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Air pollution – a challenge most people don’t know how to tackle

Air pollution affects everyone, every day and has far-reaching consequences for health, wellbeing and the environment. It is something many people are aware of but very few know how to tackle. A recent survey showed that 92% of adults think that reducing poor air quality should be a priority for the UK and yet 65% said…
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Richard Kirk moves to CEO role at BetterPoints

BetterPoints is pleased to announce that current Executive Chairman Richard Kirk has been appointed as CEO. After nine years at the helm, Founder Daniel Gipple hands over the day-to-day leadership of BetterPoints to focus his time on strategic issues such as business development and investment as well as speaking opportunities. An experienced business leader and…
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