New report finds 57% of employers concerned about parking carbon footprint
Research from ParkOffice shows 48 percent of US companies set to make significant changes to parking post COVID
UNITED STATES: A new report from Manhattan-based parking management software ParkOffice has, today, revealed that almost 60 percent of employers say the impact of employee parking on the environment is a far bigger concern to them than it was 5 years ago. The ‘State of Employee Parking Report 2021’ featured research from 105 parking leaders across 15 countries and was carried out in the first week of September. ParkOffice is a leading parking management software solution that enables employers to optimise employee parking.
With a recent report from the United Nations warning that global warming will enter a critical zone within 20 years, ParkOffice’s findings indicate that workplaces have become more environmentally conscious and are set to shift to greener parking solutions. Last week, the company launched its new spotshare software, which will enable multitudes of companies to share, swap and trade parking spots based on demand.
The new State of Employee Parking Report 2021 also found that:
80 percent of businesses with over 100 employees reported a growing sense of environmental consciousness
62 percent of all businesses with over 1 thousand employees were experiencing parking problems
41 percent of employers found lack of parking spaces at their office was their biggest problem
30 percent of company bosses believe that flexible working is going to make parking harder to manage
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According to a study by a group of civil engineers from UC Berkeley, parking emits greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. With around 3.4 parking spaces in America for each car, it’s estimated that the environmental cost of those could increase the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per mile by as much as 10 percent for the average vehicle. In addition to this, research from the OECD states that cruising for parking considerably increases CO2 emissions and is a primary cause of outdoor air pollution at the core of urban areas.
ParkOffice hopes to help reduce such carbon emissions through encouraging people to ‘park pool’ and share spots in multi-tenant buildings where demand allows, to help businesses become more environmentally friendly.
Speaking about this latest research, Garret Flower, CEO and Founder of ParkOffice said:
“With 57 percent of employers concerned about their parking carbon footprint, these findings indicate a positive shift in employers wanting to plan shared spots to reduce carbon emissions post COVID. It signifies a positive move towards park pooling in a new, hybrid working world which will help reduce headaches and stress on workers all while helping curb the environmental impacts of cruising for parking.”
New smart parking solution to curb stress of return to office launches
Latest feature Spotshare from ParkOffice dubbed as ‘the stock exchange of parking’
UNITED KINGDOM: Leading parking management system ParkOffice has, today, launched its new solution, Spotshare. The feature, which has been dubbed ‘the stock exchange of employee parking’ will enable multitudes of companies to share, swap and trade parking spots based on demand. It is hoped Spotshare will help reduce the levels of stress associated with parking as workers across the UK continue to return to the office. ParkOffice is a leading parking management software solution that enables employers to optimise employee parking.
Park Office’s new Spotshare data-powered software relieves the pressures experienced by employees and companies in multi-tenant office buildings by allowing them to seamlessly share parking spaces when demand allows. The key benefits include reducing space wastage and stress through guaranteed parking spots for employees and enabling employers to offset the cost of parking. With hybrid working tipped as the way of the future, Spotshare identifies the requirements of other tenants on a supply-demand basis and enables companies to trade parking spots.
Spotshare is underpinned by ParkOffice’s ‘Newton’ a smart employee parking algorithm. Newton allows companies to automate all aspects of the sharing process from security to payments, and conditions about where and which spaces can be shared. To date, ParkOffice estimates it has reduced the amount of time staff spend on the road by at least 600,000km.
According to statistics from the Department for Transport, 68% of workers across Great Britain travelled to work by car in 2019. In addition to this, in the wake of the pandemic, research from the Office for National Statistics, 37% of individuals have opted to work from home at least one day of the week, up from 27% in 2019. 85% said they plan to adopt some form of hybrid work in the near future. What this means for offices and other workplaces is there will be days where parking spots remain underutilised, and others where they are in great demand.
Speaking about the launch of Spotshare, Garret Flower, CEO and Founder of ParkOffice, said:
“The launch of Spotshare comes at a time when commuters feel extremely anxious about returning to the workplace. Our new feature aims to relieve the headaches and stress associated with navigating workplace parking by encouraging companies within the same buildings to share spaces with others. Through Spotshare we hope to make the return to the office as stress-free as possible with minimum disruption to employees and employers.”
ParkOffice: Car predicted to play a massive role in return to office
Mobility experts unite to help employers manage journeys to the office safely
A coalition of mobility experts have come together to produce an expert guide to managing employee transportation in the COVID era. The COVID Employee Transportation Playbook maps out how a broad range of mobility options including e-scooters, carsharing, bikesharing and parking software can make it easier and safer for employers to return staff safely to the office.
The full playbook and a list of contributors is available here.
A recent McKinsey report showed commuter confidence in transport options has changed radically over the last course of the pandemic with only 7% of respondents believing public transport is a safe way to travel. This is raising serious questions for many employers who need to figure out alternative ways to attract staff back to the office.
The publication features contributions from a host of leading voices in the mobility, real estate and transport industries including Kathryn Hagerman Medina (Ride Amigos), Carl Pittam (Ubeeqo), Will O’Brien (Zipp Mobility), Sarah McCartan (CitySwift) & Hugh Cooney (Bleeper Bikes).
Key takeouts include:
The increasing demand for parking and e-bikes as employees avoid public transport in the short-term.
The challenges facing micro-mobility operators who are often used by public transport users to complete journeys.
The steps public transport operators are taking to restore confidence to their services as a mode of employee transportation.
The playbook was pulled together by ParkOffice.io. Speaking about the publication, ParkOffice.io CMO Daithí de Buitléir remarked “Managing employee travel has never been more important for companies. Around the world, when a country emerges from lockdown, employees are demanding safe and reliable transport in order to return to offices. We wanted to create a centralized resource where employers could easily assess the options and identify the methods which best suit their business”
ParkOffice.io is the world’s leading office parking management software, trusted by companies of all shapes and sizes from Fortune 500s to SMEs. ParkOffice.io is used by employers to monitor parking availability and allocate parking spaces in real-time.