Firm driving green message home

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STAFF at a building society in the borough have been taking part in an electric car trial.

The month-long trial of the Nissan Leaf by Newcastle Building Society staff, based at Cobalt Business park, has been arranged through the on site travel team, and is part of the society’s commitment to minimise the impact that its operations have on the environment.

Gillian Tiplady, head of corporate social responsibility, said: “Our mutual status brings with it a clear responsibility to take care of the communities in which we operate, which is why we introduced the comprehensive CSR policy that influences everything we do, and we’re always looking to find new ways to reduce the impact that we have on our environment.

“The trial is providing some extremely useful experience of how electric cars could be used by businesses as part of their transport strategy.

“We are committed to bringing down carbon emissions across the whole of our operations, and already have many initiatives in place to help us achieve this including energy efficiency measures and making greater use of recycled products.”

Travel advisor Lynn Cramman, who is running the trial with Future Transport Systems, added: “We are delighted that Newcastle Building Society offered to take part in the six month trial.

“With 10,000 staff from a range of different businesses based on the park, Cobalt is committed to providing extensive sustainable travel choices for staff, and with two electric charging points already on the park and four more planned for Cobalt Central, our new retail complex anchored by Tesco, Cobalt is well equipped for the future.”