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DOZENS of firms are encouraging their employees to help save enough car miles to travel to the moon and back – in the greenest way possible.

A record 46 companies are taking part in the week-long Big Green Commuter Challenge.

Firms across Havant, Gosport, Fareham and Portsmouth are encouraging staff to walk, cycle, use public transport or car share instead of driving alone to work next week.

Last year 38 work places took part in the challenge, run by local councils and environmental charity Groundwork Solent. And 403,421 car miles have been saved in the last nine years.

This year it is hoped the number of car miles saved can be boosted past 477,710 miles – the distance to the moon and back.

Organiser Amanda Morris, from Portsmouth City Council said: ‘These days companies are very conscious of their role in helping people to live more sustainably. Many of them have parking problems too, which they need to solve.

‘And it’s been proved that employees who get more exercise take fewer days off sick.’