The Engines Off campaign, which aims to highlight the serious air pollution issues caused by drivers leaving their vehicles idling, is hosting a webinar next week to discuss the widespread problem.
The event, taking place between 4 and 5pm on Wednesday (1 September) will feature speakers from Idling Action London, British Safety Council, Mace Group and Marston Holdings and will cover:
- The importance of clean air for occupational health and the role vehicle emissions play.
- What business partners are doing to reduce air pollution caused by engine idling.
- How to support Idling Action London’s Engines Off fleet campaign.
Fleets are being encouraged to prevent drivers from leaving their company vehicle engines idling as part of a new campaign.
Idling Action's ‘Engines Off’ campaign, led by Camden Council and the City of London Corporation, highlights how leaving an engine running not only harms the environment but also leads to substantial wasted fuel costs.
The campaign focuses on companies whose drivers operate in and around London but the problem is widespread.
Idling Action works with organisations through this campaign to pledge a meaningful commitment to reduce air pollution from engine idling, to use free educational resources to engage drivers/ employees, to publicise their commitment and to demonstrate best practice to others.
A TRL study found that it can cost up to 3p for every minute spent idling. If that vehicle idled for 10 minutes per day, within six months that would equate to a cost of over £58. It also found that idling for just 30 seconds produces twice as much pollution and wastes more fuel than switching off and restarting your engine.