We all need to travel, but the way we do that has a major impact on our carbon footprint.
Although most of us fly infrequently if at all, when we do it is one of the most intensive uses of fossil fuel possible. Although the aviation industry is taking steps to reduce carbon emissions, the truth is that there is currently no viable alternative to fossil fuels for powering planes and any reduction will be small, so the only realistic way to make a difference is to fly less.
We have all grown up with the convenience of having a car, and being free to go anywhere at any time. In many cases a car journey is unavoidable, but often you can reduce your mileage by planning ahead a little.
Can you share the car with someone else instead of driving separately?
Can you use public transport? Could you walk or cycle instead? These may seem unappealing, but you may be surprised once you get into the habit, at how easy it is. And you may feel better for having the exercise. Start in the summer so you don’t get discourage immediately by winter weather!
Could you use Zoom or Teams instead of travelling to a meeting?
Although not as flexible as other forms of transport, the train is one of the most efficient vehicles we have. It also saves you the stress of driving and sitting in traffic queues!