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BetterPoints to explore US market in London’s trade mission to Detroit and Chicago this weekend

We are excited and delighted to be joining London & Partners – the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency – on their trade mission to Detroit and Chicago with eight of the capital’s fastest-growing companies in the urban space. The delegation will meet with key corporates and leaders to explore opportunities across the cities and…
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Leicester joins list of cities considering workplace parking levies

Businesses in Leicester could soon be charged a levy for providing employees with parking spaces. Leicester City Council wants to introduce the levy to help fund transport improvements, reduce congestion and improve air quality, and will consult on proposals over the next eighteen months. Leicester faces ‘real challenges’, said Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke.…
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Overwhelming evidence that humans are causing global warming, say scientists

As temperature records were broken last week in three European nations, scientists now seem to be of one mind about Climate Change.  Extensive historical data has informed three studies, published in Nature and Nature Geoscience. These show that temperature changes over the last 2,000 years have never been as fast and extensive as in recent…
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UK Parliament Active Travel report calls for long-term funding

This week the UK Parliament’s Transport Select Committee published their report ‘Active Travel: increasing levels of walking and cycling in England’.  The report highlights that Active Travel can combat the huge economic, human and environmental costs of inactivity, climate change, air pollution and traffic congestion. It reiterates the need for a clear Government commitment to…
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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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