Chestertons has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Gibraltar Sustainability Awards following its switch to electric bicycles for transport and for making them available to the public for leisure use.
The judge’s comments included “This is an example of an estate agency that is seeking to do its bit for health and the environment and raise awareness of the need for a less carbon intensive economy. Estate agents travel to facilitate viewings and undertaken market appraisals. This travel has an environmental impact as cars and mopeds are the favoured mode of travel in Gibraltar. Chestertons have purchased a fleet of e-bikes which are used to staff and clients. These reduce pollution but also encourage more active lifestyles which bring health benefits to all. For this reason I commend this submission and favour its shortlisting.”
In respect of their availability to members of the public, the judge commented: “I very much like the concept of the ‘The sharing economy’ as it is presented in this submission. Chestertons have purchased ebikes which are then loaned back to the supplier for use by locals and tourists at weekends when not in use by staff. This shows commitment and vision aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Chestertons has been invited to the Awards Event night provisionally scheduled for the 8th October.
Mike Nicholls, CEO stated “We both welcome and are proud of this recognition of our desire to reduce our carbon footprint as we travel around Gibraltar’s properties as well as the idea of promoting their use for leisure. Both initiatives have been very successful so far and two further ebikes are currently on order to increase the fleet to six. We will continue to lead our industry in innovation and sustainability.”
Contributed by Mike Nicholls