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Are you prepared and ready to fill in your PDE or Brussels Corporate Transport Plan

May 18, 2021
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Are you prepared and ready to fill in your PDE or Brussels Corporate Transport Plan

What is it exactly? Are you obliged to participate? What’s the next step? A lot of uncertainty can be worrisome but allow Skipr to help you through the process to make it as easy as pie.

In layman’s terms

It’s pretty simple really, the idea behind Corporate Transport Plan (CTP), Plan de Déplacements (PDE) or Bedrijfsvervoersplan (BVP) (yes, we’re still in Belgium) is to greenify corporate mobility in Brussels. The idea sprouted from a combination of the environmental and traffic policies and was introduced to our Belgian capital in 2004. The general objective is to sensitize employees to veer towards taking more sustainable modes of transportation.

Every 3 years, the initiative provides our governments with crucial information around corporate mobility that can be used to further develop mobility policies in Brussels. From last CTP, we learned among others that the train surpassed the individual use of a car as preferred means of transport to commute to work, with respectively 36.2% versus 34.1%. Another thing that’s striking when we look at past CTPs is that the use of the bicycle for commuting purposes went up substantially. Modal share of 4,5% whereas it only accounted for 2,8%, 6 years ago.

If your company has more than 100 employees, it’s mandatory to participate in this study.

What is the PDE based on? What are the decisive factors?

Accessibility and distance. These are the two main factors that the Brussels governments use to conceptualise the entire idea behind the CTP. More concretely, this means that employees are influenced by a variety of factors but the accessibility of their offices with public transport and the domicile of the employee (inside or outside the Brussels ringway) at hand remain the most prevalent ones.

The map below shows an overview of the commutes to Brussels, based on the location of the office itself. We can clearly notice that for more centrally located companies, a variety of sustainable corporate mobility options are being used, more so than for the outer borders of the city, where the use of cars remains the preferred option.

It’s clear that soft mobility is easier to use when it’s available, the use of a (company) car seems to be closely correlated to bad accessibility in the first place.


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BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY

We would like to emphasize that instead of seeing this as an obligation, we believe you should look at this as a grand opportunity. The plan will provide you with the following useful information:

  • An overview of your corporate mobility as it is (employees, positions, commuting distance and more)
  • Analysis of the accessibility for your employees
  • Research on possible synergies with other organisations in the vicinity
  • Clear goals and objectives to reduce the use of a car for commuting purposes

Moreover, we have been going through a crisis, a pandemic altering the way we think and move around. The aftermath of a crisis implies a society in constant state of change, meaning we cannot go back to how things were before.

The momentum we have, asks for a more sustainable, alternative form of corporate mobility, in line with previous CTP progressions:

Main means of transportation to go to work (% of employees)

Source: leefmilieu.brussels


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PREPARE AND GET STARTED

Prepare by integrating the following measures (Skipr can help!)

  1. Create awareness around sustainable modes of transportation among your employees

  2. Give your employees access to a diversified mobility plan

  3. Encourage the use of public transport

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A step-by-step process

  1. An analysis or diagnosis of your company’s current mobility policies, with a focus on commuting policies, employees and modes of transport used.

    Your employee data can be automatically generated through surveys as provided by the Brussels’ government. If you already have the required data, you can just upload a standardized Excel template instead.
    The due date for this specific analysis is June 30, 2021.
  1. A future action plan or the concrete actions your company aspires to take over the upcoming 3 years, heading for the next CTP. Every step will be linked to government regulations in line with the plan at hand.

The deadline for the entire CTP form (analysis + action plan) is January 31, 2022.

The form itself and more detailed information can be found on:

Environnement.brussels: https://bit.ly/2R9LeeI

Leefmilieu.brussels: https://bit.ly/2Q6JOky

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