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 clear and significant difference to our personal contribution to climate change and pollution.  And when it omes to driving the connection is painfully clear – the more fossil fuel you put in, the more greenhouse gases and pollutants you get out.

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 specific car models’ real world figures from Next Green Car.

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 better the figures become.

The train is by far the best other than walking and bike, so the last column says how much worse than a train each is.

Mode Grams C02 per mile How much worse than train?

Foot

0

Bicycle

0

Train

40

Coach

80
x2

City bus

170
x4

new small car

220

x 5½

medium hybrid car

260

x 6½

new medium car

280
x7

new large car

320
x8

long haul flight

340
x8

Porche 911

405
x10

short haul flight

415
x10

Range Rover

500
x12

domestic flight

505
x12

Porsche Cayenne

590
x15

Ferrari 488

590
x15

Some of these figures are pretty surprising and some are shocking, so here’s a blog post putting them in perspective.

Greener transport ideas coming soon

This is where you’ll soon have access to all the change ideas including the facility to create you own change list, and to contribute, review, and share change ideas. We are working towards launching in the Autumn. 

We’re currently sorting the final technicalities and should be ready to go this Autumn.  Click the button below and we’ll keep you informed.

In the meantime it would be great to hear from you with comments, ideas and suggestions.  Thanks.

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