Cycling Solutions Ireland is delighted to award gold Cycle-Friendly Employer accreditation to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage at Dublin’s Custom House.
Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation, awarded the certification to Minister of State Malcolm Noonan and the Department at the inaugural Business of Cycling event at the Custom House on Friday morning.
The event brought together Dublin employers including other the Departments of Transport and Enterprise, Philip Lee LLP, Sandyford Business District, UCD, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, DBFL Consulting Engineers, EastPoint Business Park, TCD, DCU and others who are helping employees choose the bike over the private car when commuting to work.
The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has demonstrated its commitment to reducing scope-3 carbon emissions by supporting and encouraging employees to cycle to work. Led by the Facilities team, the Department has upgraded existing cycling facilities and implemented cultural strategies to promote cycling awareness and safety among employees.
Speakers at the event included Maeve Delargy from Philip Lee LLP and Ger Corbett from Sandyford Business District who shared their experiences in building cycling-friendly practices in their workplaces.
“The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has been hugely proactive and we are very happy to award their gold Cycle-Friendly Employer certification,” said Michael O’Boyle, CEO of Cycling Solutions Ireland. “CFE accreditation is a great achievement and we’re looking forward to seeing employees enjoy the cycling facilities and initiatives in place at the Department.”
“This Cycle Friendly Employer gold standard accreditation underlines the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritages commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving employees’ health and well-being,” said Graham Doyle, Secretary General of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. “The Smarter Travel charter I have signed with the National Transport Authority represents a commitment to promoting and encouraging staff to sustainably and actively commute.
This award would not have been possible without the collaboration between our Facilities Management Unit, the Office of Public Works and the Department of Transport. I would like to thank them for their help in achieving this accreditation.
I am confident that this award and the announcement of this partnership will not only encourage staff to travel more sustainably and healthily, but form an integral part of the myriad of services and facilities that will form the workplace of the future.”