SUSTAINABILITY VICTORIA

Sustainability Victoria is a government agency of the Victorian Government, Australia. Since 2007, they have been measuring the effect of the Global Corporate Challenge® on our environment each year. The study particularly looks at how an increase in walking is measured in carbon abatement terms, and a reduced dependency on fossil-fuelled transportation.Generalising, the average weekly abatement of the entire GCC 2010 resulted in an estimated greenhouse gas abatement of 3,500 tonnes. This is roughly equivalent to taking 1,150 cars off the road for a year or eliminating the equivalent of 70 million balloons full of greenhouse gas. It clearly shows that while the GCC is repeatedly proven to be good for a participant's health and an organisation's productivity, it is also great for the environment as well.

GCC 2010 Travel Behaviour Survey - Summary

Results:

  • Cycling and walking up during the GCC by approximately 188% and 337% respectively
  • Driving and riding motorcycles down by approximately 74% and 67% respectively
  • Travel by fossil fuelled public transport down by approximately 66% and electronic public transport by 61%
  • The major change to travel behavior (prior versus during the GCC) was walking into work instead of driving a motor vehicle (47%)
  • The average weekly greenhouse gas abatement during the GCC was 2.4 kg per survey respondent
  • Generalising the average weekly abatement to the entire GCC population results in approximately 3,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement over the 111 days – which is roughly equivalent to taking 1,150 cars off the road
  • Nearly 50% of those respondents who participated in 2009 claimed to have retained the health or wellbeing benefits

*Moriarty M, Wickham K. Travel Behaviour & Greenhouse gas emissions Study GCC, Sustainability Victoria, Australia 2009