Green travel policy

Published: 08 April 2016
Freedom of information class: How we manage our resources

Details of our green travel policy

Registers of Scotland (RoS) is committed to encouraging greener travel by its staff. To do so, RoS endorses the following objectives for greener travel:

  • to reduce the need to travel
  • to increase awareness among staff of travel choices and their implications
  • to facilitate and promote more active modes of travel
  • to encourage staff to commute to work by walking, cycling and using public transport and reduce, in particular single occupancy, car journeys
  • to encourage the use of sustainable forms of transport on official business
  • to maximise the efficiency of our fleet/other vehicles
  • to ensure the Travel Policy is embedded into existing corporate and departmental processes, and reviewed on a regular basis

Green travel hierarchy

Are you minimizing your carbon footprint?

Below is the green travel hierarchy which is an easy guide to choosing the most environmentally friendly mode of transport you can when travelling for work:

  • need for travel - can a telephone call, video conference or email deliver the same outcome
  • walking/cycling - the healthiest and cheapest forms of transport, negligible carbon emissions and flexibility, viable for journeys up to 2.5 km
  • bus/rail - improved productivity of workforce on medium to long distance essential trips
  • taxi/private car – sometimes the only option but better with more than one occupant, shared trips should be offered where possible, issues with congestion and high carbon emissions per head, and
  • air travel - sometimes the only option - high carbon emissions, high in cost, but may sometimes be cheaper in monetary terms than rail and use of time