To help fleet managers develop their own approach to greener travel, Ikea is sharing its Green Travel Plan Toolbox for fleets to use as a template.
Changes to the vehicle fleet at Ikea have been part of a company-wide strategy to reduce its impact on the environment.
In fact, according to Charlie Browne, the company has subtly altered its mission statement to suggest it should have an "overall positive impact on people and the environment" rather than minimise its impact.
This toolbox was produced to work as a guideline for the environment co-ordinators at Ikea while developing sustainable travel plans for Ikea stores with the intention that everyone who starts working on a sustainable travel plan should be able to choose one mode of transport at a time in a structured and methodical way to make the subject easier to break down into its component parts.
How to use the Toolbox
- Choose the mode of transport you want to work with.
- Start by looking at the spreadsheet called CHECKLIST for that mode.
- If you feel that you have fulfilled the requirements needed, and can answer yes to the question asked, please move on to the following question.
- If you have not fulfilled the requirements needed, and your answer to the question asked is no, please use the spreadsheet called RECOMMENDATIONS. Read through the text matching the number of the question, and see if this gives you an idea on how to approach the task.
- If you want to know more about how to work with any of the questions or just get some inspiration, look at the spreadsheet called LINKS, where you will find web pages providing you with more information.
- Make sure to fill out your own local links and use this as a living document. If you find better ways of doing something, or think there is more you can do than just ticking of the provided questions, please do so and inform others (such as your fellow environment co-ordinator colleagues) of your ideas.
- When you have gone through all the questions, and done a self audit you will have a list of actions needed to be taken. These actions should then be presented in the form of an ARC plan with quotations for implementation which you present to the store management team.
- On conclusion of implementation, a regular revisit of the plan should be scheduled in.