Relocated Work Place, Fewer Cars

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

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Stikkord: Areal og transport, kollektivtransport, parkering, bilbruk, gang- og sykkelveier, Trondheim

A few years ago, 1000 municipal employees had their desks relocated to the Trondheim city centre. As a result, annual car journeys went down 150 000 in number, reducing its share to only 16 per cent.

A few years ago, 1000 municipal employees had their desks relocated to the Trondheim city centre. As a result, annual car journeys went down 150 000 in number, reducing its share to only 16 per cent.

In Trondheim, the City Council has decided that work-intensive businesses with many visitors must locate within the so-called «public transport arch». These areas are easily accessible for pedestrians and provide good public transport. In its decision, the City Council stated that 60 per cent of all new work places must locate within this «arch».

By moving many of its own employees, the municipality hoped to achieve a more efficient use of the area, as well as organisational improvements. The environmental effect of this centralisation was good: car journeys went down by 150 000 a year. Originally, 50 per cent of employees drove their own car to work, whereas after relocation the share was reduced to only 16 per cent.

Removal of Car Spaces

To encourage this reduction, direct measures related to work transport preferences were taken. While relocating workplaces, parking spaces were removed and indoor cycle parking and shower facilities were set up.

On their first day at the new location, all employees found a note on their desk informing them about public transport services. People were given «driving refunds» if they used their bicycles. A new position as transport coordinator was established. 

Internal Cycling and Walking Campaign

Following the relocation, Trondheim started its own cycling and walking campaign for all municipal employees. The campaign is called the «Challenge» and involves forming teams of three people cycling and walking as much as possible. Kilometres are registered on a website and exchanged into tickets in a lottery with prizes. The campaign has been a huge success.

The use of cars for work-related travel was reduced from 80 per cent to 54 per cent after the relocation. This makes a total reduction of 600 000 car journeys. Given an average fuel consumption of approx. 0,7l per 10 kilometres, the CO2-reduction is 102 tons.

Shared Service Cars

With employees no longer using their own cars to and from work, shared service cars became necessary. Just after the relocation, the municipality’s car pool consisted of gas and diesel vehicles. Now Trondheim has Norway’s biggest electrical car-pool, with 23 cars.

Before deciding on electrical cars, Trondheim Municipality carefully looked into driving patterns and daily driving distances for their own car population. These cars are used in five different home care-zones; for administrative transport; in running and maintenance of civic buildings; and for meetings and inspections. These kinds of travels are covered by electrical cars with a driving range of 100-180. Almost all light vehicles in the municipality (300 vehicles) can be replaced by electrical cars looking at need versus the range of this car.

Aim for Electrical Cars

There is need in Trondheim for more efficient transport solutions. Transport is responsible for 40 per cent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. If 7000 cars in Trondheim (about 10 per cent of the car population) were electrical, emissions would be down 16 000 tons a year, or 7 per cent of total transport emissions in the municipality.

Using electrical cars will both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to less noise. Trondheim will continue using electrical cars to reduce emissions and to set a good example. The city has also developed a guide for electrical cars and hybrid cars related to its interregional cooperation with Swedish cities Sundsvall and Østersund,