Do your bit, says Prescott

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has written to chief executives of top British companies inviting them to encourage environmental action by their employees and to develop 'Green Transport Plans'.

The Government, in return, will offer free exhaust emissions checks in company car parks; offer energy efficiency presentations from local advice centres; provide information and advice on developing Green Transport plans along with advice on improving the fuel effiency of fleet vehicles.

Prescott said: “I know that people are concerned about air pollution and climate change. I know also that people want to do something to fight these, but many are unsure of what to do.

“I believe the largest UK companies are ideally placed to give a lead and develop a partnership with us.”

In particular, Prescott said he is keen to build on the momentum of the Integrated Transport White Paper by encouraging less polluting forms of transport by company employees, through greater use of public transport, walking and cycling, which will also help to reduce congestion and so lower business costs. The production of Green Transport plans by business is a crucial part of this process.

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