PayByPhone scoops two Global Gold Awards at Green World Environment Awards for its UK carbon footprint reduction programme Meters for Trees


Mobile parking payment provider PayByPhone has won two awards for its ground-breaking environmental initiative Meters for Trees, the first carbon reduction programme of its kind in the UK, at the 2019 Green World Environment Awards, which took place on 30 September in Vietnam. 

Competing against more than 500 other nominees, PayByPhone scooped up Global Gold Awards in the Carbon Reduction and Local Authorities categories. The wins exemplify both the success of the company’s Meters for Trees programme in helping local authorities to reduce their carbon emissions, and its accomplishment as a UK business in achieving carbon neutral status. 

Jonny Combe, CEO of PayByPhone UK, says: “We realised the need for our business to make a difference and be part of a positive change for the environment. Meters for Trees is a way for us to support our local authority clients with their environmental goals. Meters for Trees provides a simple and cost-effective solution to help UK councils combat pollution at a time when many are declaring an environmental emergency and facing huge challenges in reducing their carbon footprint.”

Meters for Trees is based on a very simple principle: replacing parking machines with trees. Councils sign up to Meters for Trees by committing to remove their parking meters over a period of time and going completely cashless with PayByPhone. Cashless parking payment technology then improves air quality by removing the need for enforcement and maintenance vehicles, which would otherwise be on the roads collecting cash from parking meters and maintaining them, both clocking up miles and releasing harmful carbon dioxide emissions. For councils who sign up to Meters for Trees, PayByPhone commits to offset roughly one tonne of carbon dioxide for every ten parking machines that exist in a council’s borough, by donating one tree to the council and saving one tonne of carbon dioxide through the Portel-Pará REDD project, a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) audited project in the Amazon rainforest that combats deforestation.

The Green World Environment Awards aims to find the world’s greenest countries, companies and communities, recognising and rewarding them for their environmental efforts. The awards are run by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to promoting environmental best practice around the world. They are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. 

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

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