Staff encouraged to ditch the car for commute to work to win top prizes

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BUSINESSES are being encouraged to take part in a competition to reduce carbon emissions.

Last year Havant Borough Council’s Big Green Commuter Challenge involved 93 staff at seven different companies in the borough, saving more than two tons of carbon.

The competition is for companies with a PO7 through to PO11 postcode and all that is required is a workforce that can be encouraged to leave their cars at home for one or more days of the week beginning May 16.

They need to record the miles they’ve saved and in return they will be entered into a draw with a chance to win prizes including a Lucketts Travel short break or travel season tickets.

Pennie Brown, the council’s climate change and sustainability adviser, said: ‘Last year’s challenge was a great success.

‘One company taking part in Havant’s small organisation category achieved a 100 per cent participation rate.

‘Tri-Synergy Ltd also won the overall Havant competition in 2010 by saving 47.13 miles per employee.

‘We’re hoping that even more people will try to reduce their carbon footprints in Havant’s Big Green Commuter Challenge this year as it’s taking place just before the Havant Goes Greener Week in May.’

The challenge is being run with Portsmouth City Council, which is also holding a commuter challenge that week. Entrants are required to register online by the May 6 at surveymonkey.com/s/BGCCorgreg2011.