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COMPANY MOBILITY MANAGEMENT

Liechtenstein companies promote cycling to work. © C. Pueschner/ZEITENSPIEGEL

The Inficon company is the mobility management pioneer in Liechtenstein. Key elements of the concept were taken over, further developed and promoted by the Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry (working group mobility management). Currently, 13 companies representing approx. 8'500 employees are taking part in the initiative. Two surveys among employees showed that the share of individual car commuting traffic decreased from 75% (2003) to 65% (2010).

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Betriebliches Mobilitätsmanagement

Location of CNA: Liechtenstein

Municipality / regional entity: nationwide

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Financial 
Secondary nomination(s): Educational

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Transport

Spatial scale: Local
Time & duration:

Start date: 1998/99
Duration: ongoing

Key word(s): incentives, mobility management, public transport

Objectives:

1) Promoting mobility management - implementing corresponding measures: reduce individual car traffic, promote public transport, biking and walking 2) Increasing corporate social (ecological) respsonsibility and quality management 3) Knowlegde transfer and awareness-raising

Activities:

There is a number of activities, including 1) promotion of public transport (e.g. by incentives) 2) promotion of bicycle use (e.g. by providing infrastructure, repair service and other incentives) 3) management of parking lot (e.g. reduction of parking spaces, introduction of parking fees etc.) 4) promotion of carpooling (e.g. by incentives) 5) promotion of carsharing (e.g. by a providing free access to Mobility cars = Swiss carsharing company) 6) organization of events (e.g. "bike to work" competition) 7) knowledge transfer and awareness-raising

Results:

1) Focus on Inficon: In 1998, about 65% of the company's employees commuted by car to work. These commuters were responsible for 50% of the company's total energy consumption. In 2000, the goal was set to reduce car commuting to 40%. With various measures (see above), the employees were encouraged to reduce individual car use. Currently, the share of individual car traffic is below 50%. Energy consumption of individual car commuting was reduced to 35%, and there is a reduction of CO2 emissions of 100 tons per year. In addition, the company and the employees benefit from lower costs (company: providing parking spaces; employees: mobility costs), better physical conditions and less sick leaves. 2) Focus on the Chamber of Commerce initiative (13 companies, 8'500 employees): Two surveys among employees showed that the share of individaul car commuting traffic decreased from 75% (2003) to 65% (2010). At the same time, the share of public transport increased from 20 to 28%.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: High

see 13-Results

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

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Impacts on environment:


- Landscape: Neutral
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Neutral
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

Less individual car traffic means less CO2 emissions, better air quality, less noise and less congestion etc.

Impacts on society:


- Social justice: Neutral
- Regional / cultural identity: Neutral
- "Other": Positive

"Other": positive social aspects: health benefit, more time with colleagues (e.g. while carpooling etc.), identification with company

Impacts on economy:


- Employment / job creation: Neutral
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Neutral
- "Other": None

The companies and the employees benefit from lower costs (supporting the employees use of public transport is usually cheaper than building and maintaining large parking lots). Additionally, there is a health perspective: People who bike to work are better in shape and less sick: less sick leaves, lower health costs etc.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

The initiative, in particular Inficon's role as a pioneer in mobility management, is well known. Inficon got several awards, and the company's mobility manager was inivited to give speeches in many different places. Media coverage was/is also rather high. The acceptance among employees is high; public events well visited.

Transferability: High

Idea and concept are easliy transferable. As shown, Inficon's original idea was taken over by the Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a series of companies are now engaged in similar initiatives using tailor-made concepts (adjusted to the companies needs).

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Medium

Primarily, it is not about carbon neutrality but about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and total quality management (TQM).

Good governance: High

Company mobility management is only possible in co-operation with the employees, public transport providers, private businesses (e.g. carsharing companies) etc. For many actions (e.g. events such as "bike to work") the companies are actively co-operating with political authorities, NGOs etc.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Private enterprises

Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry in co-operation with enterprises

Contact person(s):

Name: Brigitte Haas
Institution: Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Address: Altenbach 8, 9490 Vaduz
Phone: +423 237 55 11
Fax: +423 237 55 12
Email: brigitte.haas@lihk.li

Other contact persons:

Other contact person: Mr. Georg Sele, Verkehrs-Club des Fürstentums Liechtenstein President Tel.: +423 232 54 53 vcl@powersurf.li http://www.vcl.li

Online information:

www.lihk.li www.mobilservice.ch/mobilservice/akten/mobilitaet/inficon.html

Other information sources:

There is an interesing chapter on Inficon's mobility management in the 3rd Alpine report, published by CIPRA International (see www.cipra.org for details).

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