Reduced Impact Transport
Transport often accounts for 50% of a household’s carbon emissions and it’s as important to consider transport issues as to look at insulation or a new boiler, indeed savings from transport can be easier to make than those from your home.
There are three ways in which your transport costs and impacts can be reduced. These are:-
1) Travelling Less
Instead of travelling to a meeting, could you organise an email conversation or video conference instead? Do you need to go into work every day? Could you combine two or more journeys you need to make into one journey? Can you move so you do not need the car as often?
Flights can be a major source of carbon emissions and high levels of flying are increasing pressures to build new airports. We advise minimising flying as much as possible, reducing the number of long distance journeys and replacing flights with surface transportation, such as trains and ferries, as much as practicable.
2) Travelling More Efficiently
This can include:-
- Use of public transport, cycling or walking, (not always an option but worth considering)
- Use of electric bikes or scooters, (relatively cheap and effective)
- Use of more efficient cars, (can payback quickly if your mileage is high enough)
- Driving more smoothly, this can reduce fuel use by 15%
- Car sharing or joining a car club (do you need a car every day?).
Light Foot are helping to set up a car club in Bishop’s Castle, others already exists in Llanidloes and Newtown.
For electric bikes please phone Jeremy Thorp on 07722 722863 for advice.
Electric scooters are available from companies such as www.greencarsite.co.uk/electric-bikes.htm. Electric motorbikes such as the Zero-S are also available.
3) Travelling with renewable fuels
Travelling with renewable fuels is also worth considering though it is generally more expensive at the moment. Options are:
- Biodiesel from recycled oil, (difficult to find a consistent supply)
- Hybrid electric cars, (now increasingly available though expensive)
- Fully electric cars, (available but expensive and with restrictions)
- Hydrogen cars (still being developed)
See http://www.eta.co.uk/ for information on car choices and the effects of air travel.
For info on ‘smarter choices’ and ‘alternatives to travel’ see www.acttravelwise.org