Sustainable Transport and Travel
Smarter Travel Workplace
In order to encourage our staff members to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their physical and mental health, Sligo County Council has taken part in many initiatives under the TFI’s Smarter Travel Behaviour Change Programme. This programme encourages staff to walk and cycle to work, and to avail of flexible working options in order to reduce employees travel emissions. We have taken part in the Marchathon, Walktober and Cycle into Summer challenges thus far, and have received great feedback from staff members throughout the organisation.
As a partner of the FASTER project, Sligo County Council will be installing two rapid (50KW capacity) EV chargers in public car parks in Sligo Town and Tubbercurry.
FASTER is an INTERREG funded project which aims to ensure areas in Northern Ireland, the border counties of Ireland and Western Scotland are accommodated with publicly accessible, high quality EV charging infrastructure. This project will ensure the county is well positioned to transition to a low carbon economy, whilst also providing a valuable public service to our local residents and visitors. It is expected that these chargers will be installed and operational by the end of 2023.
More information on the FASTER project can be found here.
OECD Transport Report
Representatives from Sligo County Council and three other local authorities were consulted by the OECD during the creation of their report “Redesigning Ireland’s Transport for Net Zero: Towards Systems that Work for People and the Planet”. This report shows the ways in which the systems and culture which surround Irish transport will need to change to ensure the country meets its target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.
As part of this consultation process, representatives from Sligo County Council engaged with the OECD team, showing them around the county and discussing the travel requirements of those living in rural communities without ready access to public transport.
County Sligo was specifically chosen as a representation of rural Irish communities to ensure they are not forgotten or underrepresented in the journey to net zero carbon.
The final OECD report was published in October 2022 and can be viewed here.