PayByPhone launches carbon footprint programme to help UK councils combat pollution

London, 17th June 2019 – PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, today announced it has achieved Carbon Neutral status in the UK. The company was assessed by Carbon Footprint Ltd, an internationally recognised body that helps organisations of all sizes, including large global conglomerates and UK governmental bodies, offset their carbon emissions and promote their environmental credentials. PayByPhone will offset its carbon footprint near its UK headquarters in Hatfield by planting trees in the grounds of Hatfield House, and by backing a project that supports the reduction of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. 

Following on from this, PayByPhone has created a new carbon footprint initiative, Meters for Trees, for its clients. The programme incentivises local authorities to reduce the number of parking machines it operates in favour of PayByPhone’s cashless parking service.

Jonny Combe, PayByPhone’s UK CEO, says: “Our collaboration with Carbon Footprint Ltd has helped us realise exactly how we could support our clients lower carbon emissions in their areas. And it’s more straight-forward than you would imagine; with traditional parking machines, enforcement vehicles drive tens of thousands of miles per year just to maintain and to collect cash from machines. Cashless parking in contrast contributes towards the improvement in air quality in a borough simply by removing the need for these vehicles to be on the road.”

Local authorities who take part in the Meters for Trees programme agree to reduce the number of parking machines over a set period of time. In return, PayByPhone will donate one tree to the participating borough for every 10 machines – whether or not they are still in operation - and one tonne of carbon dioxide will be saved through the Portel-Pará REDDproject,a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) audited project in the Amazon rainforestthat combats deforestation.

John Buckley, Carbon Footprint Ltd managing director, says: “It’s great to see PayByPhone at the forefront of environmental-thinking with its Meters for Trees initiative. We work with some of the largest companies in the world to help them reduce their carbon footprint, but regardless of size, businesses must do everything they can to offset their carbon emissions. It’s often easy, always hugely beneficial, but most importantly, it’s the right thing to do for the future.”

Kensington and Chelsea Council is the first UK council to roll out the Meters for Trees programme. The Borough first introduced PayByPhone in 2015 as an alternative to traditional parking machines. The council will start to take some of its more than 700 parking machines out of service from 24 June 2019, with the rest being carried out in phases in order to give residents and visitors time to adjust to the change. Under the programme, PayByPhone commits to donate more than 70 new trees per year for each remaining year on its parking contract to the Council and to donate funds for trees to be saved in the Brazilian rainforest in order to guarantee an overall carbon reduction. 

Combe concludes: “Kensington and Chelsea’s commitment to our Meters for Trees initiative is a great example of how cashless parking can support forward-thinking councils on their journeys to combat carbon emissions. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits for the council, cashless parking also delivers significant convenience to drivers, as they can start a parking session in a matter of seconds and extend parking sessions from their smart phone or even from their smart watch.”