Merseytravel joins international carbon study

Passenger transport executive Merseytravel is taking part in a project to develop strategies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of countries in the area known as the European Atlantic Arc.

Merseytravel is the only UK organisation represented in the project, called Climatlantic, which includes experts from Portugal, France, Ireland and Spain.

There are four main fields being covered by the project: energy, social behaviour, mobility and territorial management. Merseytravel will concentrate on social behavior.

Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said: "It is a field in which we are pioneers through our education initiative in schools and we shall be able to offer our colleagues some valuable experience.

"Our Your Choice programme, for example, teaches youngsters to think about road and rail safety in a responsible manner and is aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour, including vandalism, on public transport.

"And we have long been at the forefront of promoting sustainable transport and more active lifestyles through schemes such as Bikeability and Act Travelwise."

The Climatlantic project is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund and its proposals will be presented to the Governments of the participating countries in 2011.

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