This one’s pretty obvious at the basic level. It’s better to walk or cycle than catch a plane…
…but in between those extremes our daily transport choices make a huge difference to our individual contribution to climate change and pollution.
So, for a quick overview here are the grams of CO2 emitted per mile travelled using various forms of transport taken from the Green Ration Book website, with the real world figures for specific cars from the Next Green Car website.
It’s worth remembering that the train, coach, bus and plane figures are per passenger per mile, whereas the car is for the vehicle, so the more passengers in the car, the less bad it becomes. Even so, the train is by far the best other than walking and bike.
These are all approximate but they are a good starting point, and we will explore transport in more detail on the blog over time.
Greener transport ideas for your Change List
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