From going on holiday, getting to work or just going to the shops, how we travel is a big (often the biggest) part of our carbon footprint. In fact, 16% of global emissions come from travel, so it’s pretty important.
But what’s the real carbon cost of travel and what can you do about it?
Well it’s pretty simple, it kind of all comes down to this chart comparing the emissions from different modes of transport, ranging from flying to the trusty old bicycle:
You basically need to switch the modes of transport at the top for the ones closer to the bottom where you can. So trade in the petrol car for an electric one, check out if your employer has a Cycle to Work scheme, maybe avoid flying somewhere when it’s just as quick to get the train...
And the next time you’re planning a holiday, have a think about taking a trip without using flights – we're pretty sure you’ve got a self-help book somewhere telling you the “journey is more important than the destination”, so why not try it out?
We’ve done it ourselves and would recommend - have a look at these for some inspiration:
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