The LLB Group is committed to actively managing the environmental impact of the business and commuter traffic caused by its employees.
Promoting the use of public transport
We encourage our staff to use public transport and, if possible, not to drive to work, but to form car pools or switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives. According to a report by the Liechtenstein Government on its Energy Strategy 2020, road traffic in Liechtenstein grew at an average annual rate of 5 percent between 2009 and 2015. Densely built-up areas mean that carriageways and parking spaces cannot be expanded in many cases.
In 2013, 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. LLB makes graduated payments to employees who forego a parking space.
It subsidises 50 percent of the cost of an annual travel pass with LIECHTENSTEINmobil (LIEmobil), the Liechtenstein bus company, as an incentive to use public transport. Employees commuting to their workplace from outside the area served by LIEmobil buses receive an allowance for using regional public transport. There are a total of six vehicles and two trailers 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 since 1996; we now have 45 such bicycles.
LLB employees have been taking part in the competition run by the Verkehrs-Club Liechtenstein (VCL) “Radfahren für Ihre Gesundheit” (Cycling for your health) and the one by the LIHK “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” (Cycling to work) for years. We make a contribution of CHF 50 towards the cost of buying a bicycle helmet. Since 2016, this rule has also applied to ski and motorcycle helmets and runs under the motto “Kluge Köpfe schützen sich” (Clever heads protect themselves).
We want to make it as easy as possible for our staff to make the switch to using bicycles for transportation. This is the reason why we have installed showers and changing facilities right next to the bicycle room and offer towel services.
State-of-the-art video technology
Since ecology and the economy are inseparably linked, our aim of promoting energy efficiency also applies to the number of kilometres travelled on business trips. We were able to further reduce this amount as a result of having installed over 25 video-conferencing systems group-wide since 2015. 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 footprint, as shown in the table on “Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions”.
Due to increasing demand, we installed more video-conferencing systems in 2017 and will develop the technology further in 2018.