Walking is not only good for you; it helps the environment as well. However, we all need to use transport – to get to work, to visit family or friends, to travel – so it's important we make the right choices to help save CO2 emissions.
Transport is responsible for around a quarter of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. And did you know that over half of the CO2 emissions from EU households come from people’s transport activities, such as driving to work or taking a plane to go on holiday?
- Leave your car at home. Each litre of fuel burned in a car engine releases more than 2 kg of CO2. This means that for an average car, one tank of fuel releases more than 100 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere!
- Cycling, public transport, car-pooling and car sharing services are all good alternative ways to get around. Of course, walking is the greenest mode of transport!
- Take the train. One person travelling alone by car produces 3 times more CO2 emissions per kilometre than if they travelled by train.
- Explore alternatives to flying. Flying is the fastest-growing source of CO2 emissions from transport. Consider taking the train if you are only travelling a few hundred kilometres or less.
If you must drive...
- The way you drive has a big impact on the amount of fuel your car uses and how much CO2 it emits. Avoiding unnecessary braking and accelerating and keeping your tyres well-inflated are simple ways to improve fuel efficiency.
- Remove your roof rack if not in use. An empty roof rack increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10% due to aerodynamic drag.
- Buying a new car? Choose one with good fuel economy. All car manufacturers have to display the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of their cars in showrooms and advertisements in the EU.
- Consider 'offsetting' the CO2 emissions of your trip. Many travel companies and other organisations will calculate your emissions footprint and invest a corresponding amount into a renewable energy or environmental project, for example.
- Why not try eco-tourism? You can search the EU’s Ecolabel Tourist Accommodation Catalogue.