London Borough of Ealing takes action to improve air quality by swapping parking meters for trees


Ealing, UK – 05 February 2020 - Ealing Council today announced it has signed up to cashless parking payment provider PayByPhone’s carbon reduction initiative, Meters for Trees, in order to improve the environment. The news follows the council’s decision to declare a climate emergency and to achieve a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

PayByPhone’s multi-award-winning programme, Meters for Trees, is the UK’s first carbon reduction initiative of its kind. Open to all UK local authorities using PayByPhone’s service, Meters for Trees helps councils reach their environmental goals. Councils that participate in the scheme agree to reduce the number of parking machines in favour of PayByPhone’s cashless parking payment technology.

For every ten parking machines in a council’s estate, PayByPhone donates one tree to the borough and offsets one tonne of carbon dioxide through Portel-Pará REDD, a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) audited project in the Amazon rainforest that combats deforestation.

By April, Ealing Council will have decommissioned 57 of its 195 parking machines, with up to a further 100 planned for decommissioning in the next year. Through Meters for Trees, PayByPhone will donate 20 trees to the council and funds to offset 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide through the Portel-Pará REDD project, which is based on the council’s total number of parking machines.

Councillor Mik Sabiers, Ealing Council portfolio holder for environment and highways, says, “We are delighted to be part of PayByPhone’s Meters for Trees initiative as we look to become carbon neutral by 2030. Not only does cashless parking payment offer drivers a more convenient way of paying for their parking sessions, but it also removes the need for collection and maintenance vehicles, which are currently driving approximately 15,000 miles per year around the borough to collect cash and to repair machines. We encourage residents to use public transport or other more sustainable modes of transport like walking or cycling, but know it is not always possible for them to do so. Meters for Trees is an easy and effective initiative which takes us a step closer to achieving our climate change goals.”

Jonny Combe, PayByPhone’s UK CEO, says, “We are thrilled to support Ealing Council’s ongoing commitment to achieve carbon neutrality. Meters for Trees is as simple and straight-forward as cashless parking payments are. It’s great to know that each time we welcome a new local authority to the programme, we are contributing to a cleaner environment.”

Motorists who wish to use cash can pay for their parking at local PayPoint stores in Ealing. PayByPhone’s PayPoint integration delivers on-street cash payments whilst simultaneously promoting footfall to local businesses. 

For more information about Meters for Trees, please visit www.paybyphone.co.uk/metersfortrees.

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