Bluecity to launch first 100% electric car sharing service at Gatwick Airport

The UK’s Gatwick Airport has announced a new partnership with Bluecity for the introduction of a new electric point-to-point car sharing service, to make journeys eco-friendly, and easier for passengers travelling to and from the airport.

The scheme will be the first of its kind for a UK airport, with five charging points set to be introduced at Gatwick in the coming months. Vehicles can be reserved in advance. Passengers will have the freedom to collect vehicles from Gatwick and drop off at dedicated charging points across London.

The new partnership with Bluecity also represents a key step in Gatwick’s aim of becoming the UK’s most sustainable airport. Electric vehicles are an essential component in tackling London’s air quality, and the partnership will contribute to Gatwick’s strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, Guy Stephenson, said: ‘Gatwick is at the forefront of driving greater sustainability into aviation, and aims to be the UK’s most sustainable airport by 2020. A key component of this is reducing the carbon footprint of surface access, and this unique electric vehicle partnership with Bluecity is an example of how Gatwick Airport intends to make this a reality.

‘This innovative new car sharing service also gives additional sustainable transport choices to 42 million passengers now travelling through Gatwick each year, plus more than 21,000 people employed across the airport campus. We’re sure it will be very popular.’

Cedric Bollore, Director of Development at Group Bollore, said: ‘We look forward to collaborating with Gatwick Airport and offering passengers the opportunity to drive one of our electric cars. 

‘We are convinced that electric vehicles are the future and the solution to reducing air pollution in the UK.’

Gatwick Airport has served over 42 million passengers in the past 12 months. The new scheme will provide greater convenience for business passengers or groups of travellers travelling to and from the capital, the airport said in a release.

Capegemini wins award for green travel

IT consulting and professional services firm, Capegemini, has won an award for its green travel initiatives.

The firm won the award for its eco-friendly corporate travel programme, which is to include personal carbon budgets from next year, and which is called TravelWell.

The award was presented to the winner by BusinessGreen, a website that offers news, information and advice on environmental responsibility. The firm won the Green Transport Project of the Year award.

The website also stated that next year, in the region of 400 Capgemini employees in the United Kingdom would, ‘find out if they can stay within their new carbon budgets as part of the latest phase of the company’s pioneering, TravelWell programme.’

The IT firm won the award for its travel disclosures and its eco-consciousness. It already reports individual business travellers’ carbon emissions. About 6,000 of such reports have been made available through an intranet site. The company is also planning to include more workers under its current plan, and if everything falls into place, then 7,500 of the firm’s employees will come under the programme in 2014. According to Capgemini, business travel accounts for 30 percent of the firm’s total carbon footprint.

In its website, the firm said, ‘A key assumption of the business model has always been that the right skills and experience of employees are matched with clients’ business challenges, regardless of location. So, it was a particular challenge to introduce initiatives that support employees in reducing the carbon emissions from their business travel.’