As an SME that works in the bicycle industry, I take pride in the fact that havebike works in an industry helping to support people adopt the cleanest form of transport available – the humble bicycle! Whilst helping others reduce their emissions is a positive step, as a business (no matter that we are still an SME), we still have a moral and societal obligation to reduce our own emissions.
Since we started trading in 2010, we have been proud to have an Environmental Policy in place which we review annually and look at ways in which we can reduce our environmental impact. This includes simple steps such as:
- Use of environmentally friendly bicycle cleaning products
- Use of Euro 6 vehicle fleet (and electric vans where possible)
- Encourage staff to cycle to work by providing cycle-friendly facilities
- Encourage colleagues to use a bicycle for local business travel
- Provide segregated bins for recyclable waste (including metals)
- Use zero to landfill waste disposal providers (including for inner tubes and tyres)
- Use of AI optimised route planning software to ensure our vehicles operate in the most efficient (and therefore reduced emissions) manner
Despite the unprecedented growth of our business as a result of the pandemic and the huge increase in cycling numbers, we believe that ‘growth at all costs’ is unsustainable. In the past year, people have seen the mounting physical toll of climate change in fires, droughts, flooding and hurricanes so we must remain committed to minimising, even eradicating emissions.
This week, the environment is at the forefront of the minds of the public with the COP26 conference taking place in Glasgow. Many believe COP26 to be the world’s best (and perhaps last) chance to get runaway climate change under control.
We must therefore double our efforts. We will join the Race to Zero, a UN-backed global campaign which rallies companies, cities, regions, and financial, educational, and healthcare institutions to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 for a healthier, fairer, zero-carbon world.
We have also committed to cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030, and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. I would urge my colleagues, peers and friends in the cycle industry and wider network to do the same. You can find out more here: