EDF Energy is one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of energy is using SMS communications to help its staff cut down on the amount that they use their cars. PageOne Communication are the company behind the solution developed for EDF, who have introduced it on two of their sites in the South East.
The system is intended to do two main things; firstly, to reduce the number of cars driving to work every day and secondly to use car parking spaces more efficiently. EDF reports that they have experienced a reduction of unused parking spaces by over 60%.
Gary Oliver leads the project at EDF and has said, “The new system has made it very easy for employees to make car parking requests and has helped reduced the number of cars coming to the office by introducing a car sharing system. This helps EDF cut its carbon dioxide emissions and reach its goals of a 20% reduction in emissions by 2012.” Staff who do not have a priority for parking can text into the computerised system a day before to request a parking space from one of the 100 that are generally released from the previous day.