Employees taking on green challenge

Joanne Sherry, Ian McGuigan, Sylvia Konaklieva, Peter Greaves and Sally Poxon have joined the Go Smarter Challenge.
Joanne Sherry, Ian McGuigan, Sylvia Konaklieva, Peter Greaves and Sally Poxon have joined the Go Smarter Challenge.

Staff from the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energyared taking to two wheels this autumn as part of a commuter challenge.

A team of colleagues from ORE Catapult in Blyth, are joining hundreds of other commuters taking part in the Go Smarter Commuter Challenge during September and October, to encourage people to try walking, cycling, car sharing or using public transport to get to and from work.

Organisations across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear will also be competing against each other to top the Challenge leaderboard, with the winning business being announced at the end of the October.

Peter Greaves, from ORE Catapult, said: “I’m really pleased ORE Catapult is taking part in the Go Smarter Challenge again this year.

“It’s a lot of fun and generates some friendly rivalry, as well as encouraging people to consider using alternative, cleaner modes of transport that bring a lot of positive benefits too.”

Go Smarter is the sustainable travel programme for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, which aims to reduce the number of cars on Northumberland’s roads and cut carbon emissions.

The Go Smarter Commuter Challenge runs until October 16, and employees can log their journeys at www.gosmarter.co.uk/challenge.

There will be regular prizes on offer for people taking part, as well as an overall winning business, which will be announced in November.