Transport accounts for 26% of carbon emissions in the UK, making it the sector showing least improvement in reducing emissions. We can all tackle this by changing the way we travel. We can travel emission-free by walking or cycling, cut our emissions by using public transport or car-sharing, and we can even reduce our emissions by driving more eco-friendly cars (such as hybrids or electric cars) in more efficient ways.
Walking and Cycling
Walking is free and gets you out into fresh air and nature. Cycling requires the purchase, care and storage of a bike, but there are schemes and auction sites that will allow you to pick up a bike used or new. Check out the Cycle Scheme for more information. Why not walk or cycle those small distances instead of getting in the car?
Public Transport vs Driving
Globally, passenger transport is predominantly made up of cars (73.7%), with buses (7.9%), planes (8.1%) and trains (5.9%) making up the majority of the rest. CO2 emissions are also highest for cars (71%), followed by aviation (12.3%), and trains (1.8%). This says lots about how much emissions from cars need to be reduced. There are many different factors to consider though. Many buses and trains travel mostly empty and, therefore, they may have a higher rate of emission per person travelling, but this is because people are opting to drive instead of filling up available buses and trains. It is also important to note that they will run regardless of how many people are on board, so you might as well jump on public transport instead of driving anyway. At the very least, yo'u’ll avoid having to sit in rush hour traffic.
Walk or cycle any journeys that you can.
Use public transport for longer journeys.
Fill up the seats in your car when you are driving.
Reduce air travel as much as possible. Take the train for travel within Britain, for example.