Promoting the use of public transport
The LLB Group is committed to actively managing the environmental impact of the business and commuter traffic caused by its employees. We therefore encourage our staff to do their part, if possible, by not driving to work, by forming car pools or by switching to more environmentally friendly as well as cost-saving alternatives. Road traffic in Liechtenstein is increasing at an annual rate of more than 3 percent. Densely built-up areas mean that carriageways and parking spaces cannot be expanded in many cases. We introduced car park management at the headquarters in Vaduz as early as 1997.
In 2013, the LLB’s Mobility Commission added new elements to its comprehensive mobility management, which was introduced in 2010. It considerably increased not only the costs for parking spaces but also the rewards to those employees who switch from using private motorised transport to more environmentally friendly means of transport. The fee system for employee parking spaces comprises four rates. The LLB makes graduated payments for foregoing a parking space. The LLB subsidises half of the cost of an annual travel pass with LIEmobil, the Liechtenstein bus company, as an incentive to switch to public transport. Employees commuting to their workplace from outside the area served by LIEmobil buses receive an allowance for using regional public transport. Staff are also encouraged to take the bus or ride our company bicycles to meetings and events in Liechtenstein. There are a total of eight vehicles available for work-related trips, errands and building maintenance.
Cycling to work
More than half of the distances travelled by car in Liechtenstein are shorter than five kilometres, as are the distances between the individual LLB buildings in Vaduz. Our employees have had the possibility to use company bicycles for more than ten years; we now have 45 such bicycles. In addition to campaigns aimed at employees, the LLB Group has also been the main sponsor of projects for the whole of Liechtenstein for years, such as, for example, the competition run by the Verkehrs-Club Liechtenstein (VCL) “Radfahren für Ihre Gesundheit” (Cycling for your health) and the bicycle promotion competition of the LIHK “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” (Cycling to work). In 2015, 33 LLB employees took part in the latter competition. We make a contribution of CHF 50 towards the cost of buying a bicycle helmet. From 2016, the campaign will be extended to include the purchase of a ski or motorcycle helmet and will run under the motto “Kluge Köpfe schützen sich” (Clever heads protect themselves).
State-of-the-art video technology
Since our ecology and the economy are inseparably linked, our aim of promoting energy efficiency also applies to the number of kilometres travelled on business trips. In 2015, we were able to further reduce this amount by installing ten video-conferencing systems Group-wide. The LLB Group uses the latest state-of-the-art, high-end video technology with the best picture and sound quality so that decision-making processes and optimum knowledge transfer can be accelerated at executive and project team meetings. At the same time, this means travel cost savings and, hence, an improvement in the CO₂ balance. We are currently reviewing data collection for 2016.