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									What’s happening with                                                                       Useful links                                                                                                This leaflet is one of a series
                                                                                                                                                                                                        designed to give clear and
travel and climate change?                                                                  www.direct.gov.uk/actonco2 – provides information on how                                                    practical advice, and help
                                                                                            you can lower your carbon footprint.                                                                        you to discover the lifestyle
Air travel                                                                                  www.chooseclimate.org – information about the impacts of                                                    and economical benefits of
Cheap and easy air travel is the fastest growing means of                                   flying, and shows alternatives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        a greener life.
transport, but it is also the most harmful to the planet.                                   www.seat61.com –
Why? Because at high altitudes, emissions from aeroplanes                                   information on how to travel by train within the UK and by train and
cause chemical reactions which are even worse than if they                                  ship worldwide. Links to ticket sales are provided.
happened at ground level.                                                                   http://timetables.showbus.co.uk – timetables for trains                                       Lewes Climate Action leaflet no. 3
                                                                                            and buses.




                                                                                                                                                                                          travel
Car travel
Today in Europe, more than one third of the car journeys                                    www.travelwise.org.uk – information about clever ways of
we make are under 3km and half are less than 5km. This                                      reducing your travel carbon footprint.
increased dependence on the car for short journeys has                                      www.carclubs.org.uk – with Car Clubs your wheels are waiting
meant more road congestion, worse air quality and more                                      for you just around the corner. Easy, affordable and available 24/7 –
                                                                                            just book it, drive it and return it.
carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in the
atmosphere contributing to climate change.                                                  www.biofuels.fsnet.co.uk/sustain.htm – information about
                                                                                            bio fuels.
Shipping
                                                                                            http://bloomingfutures.com – information about converting
It is easy to assume that going by boat is the planet-
                                                                                            your car to run on bio fuels. Here you can roughly estimate the costs
friendly option for travel. In fact, shipping also contributes                              of the conversion.
significantly to climate change and it is the second fastest
                                                                                            http://theecogarage.co.uk – Eco Garage is a Worthing based
growing source of CO2 and greenhouse gasses. Shipping can
                                                                                            company supplying electric cars and scooters and all you might need
also pollute the air in many other ways.                                                    to know.

Rail travel                                                                                 http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/sustainable/smarterchoices/
                                                                                            – Smarter Choices Campaign: the need to balance travel with
If you travel by train you will do better – per passenger the                               improving the quality of life is an important objective that underpins
carbon dioxide emissions are far lower than those of car or                                 the whole of the Department for Transport’s activities.
air travel. On average, getting from A to B by train in Europe
                                                                                            www.sustrans.org.uk – Sustrans is a charity which supports
will mean only about a third of the carbon dioxide of the                                   environmentally friendly modes of transport. It has developed the
equivalent short haul or domestic flight.                                                   National Cycle Network, a network of safe cycling routes throughout
                                                                                            the UK. Information about special events and bike use.
Transporting people is not the only cause of growing                                        www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland – Cycling England is and
emissions from travel – some of the products we buy are also                                independent expert body, working to get more people cycling,
transported long distances so have a large carbon footprint.                                more safely, more often.
                                                                                            .
For more information please see our action leaflets on food                                 If you have to fly or drive a lot then check out the Government
consumption.                                                                                recommended offsetting schemes –
                                                                                            http://offsetting.decc.gov.uk
For more information see Lewes District’s Climate


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Change Guide www.lewes.gov.uk/environment.                                                  See also Lewes District Council’s Climate Change Guide
                                                                                            http://www.lewes.gov.uk/Files/env_
The information provided in this leaflet is intended to give general information only
and is not intended to apply to specific circumstances. The Council gives no warranty,
                                                                                            climate_LewesStrategy.pdf
representation or undertaking as to the suitability, efficacy, reliability or fitness for
purpose of any of the above supplies/suppliers.
 Fascinating facts and inspired ideas for being smart about
       travel – and reducing your carbon footprint…
• Improve your health and fitness –                    • Choose an efficient car – Simply choose                                 Less clutter in your car means less CO2 –
  reduce the number of short trips you make              a more fuel efficient version of a car that fits                        Stuff in your boot is extra weight your engine
  in the car by walking or cycling. You’ll get fit,      your needs and you’ll be well on your way                               has to carry around. By removing it, you
  reduce your CO2 emissions and help ease local          to reducing your carbon footprint and saving                            could reduce your engine’s workload;
  congestion. A triple whammy!                           money.
                                                                                                                                 Driving at an appropriate speed reduces
• Grow your own – You don’t need very                  • Tackling the environmental impact                                       your CO2 – Speed limits are the maximum
  much space to grow your own food. If                   of flying – Do you really need to fly?                                  lawful speeds which may be driven in ideal
  you don’t have a garden you could rent                 Consider the alternatives to taking a plane –                           circumstances. Drivers should never exceed
  an allotment, or even just grow veg on a               it’s possible to go almost anywhere on a train                          the speed limit. Staying at or within the speed
  windowsill or in a hanging basket.                     or a boat.                                                              limit increases driver safety. It also reduces
                                                                                                                                 CO2 emissions and saves money on your
• Share your car – If you do have to use               • Drive smarter – Driving smarter could save
                                                                                                                                 petrol costs;
  your car to make a journey, sharing is an              you up to one month’s worth of fuel per year,
  increasingly popular option. It’s a friendly thing     and it couldn’t be easier:                                              Less stopping and starting – Every time
  to do, reduces emissions, road congestion and                                                                                  you stop then start again in a traffic queue,
                                                         Pump to cut down – Under inflated tyres
  can save you money.                                                                                                            the engine uses more fuel and therefore
                                                         create more resistance when your car is
                                                                                                                                 produces more CO2;
                                                         moving;
                                                                                                                                 Over revving accelerates emissions –
                                                                                                                                 Modern car engines are designed to be
                  Travel footprinting                                                                                            efficient from the moment they’re switched
                  Travel accounted for nearly                                                                                    on, so revving up like a Formula One car in
                  23% of UK greenhouse                                                                                           pole position only wastes fuel and increases
                  gas emissions in 2005.                                                                                         engine wear.
                  3 in every 4 flights
                                                                                                                                 Idling is wasting fuel – When the engine is
                  leaving the UK are short
                                                                                                                                 idling you’re wasting fuel and adding to CO2
                  haul, if the same journeys
                                                                                                                                 emissions. If you’re likely to be at a standstill
                  travelled by rail the carbon                                                                                   for more than three minutes, simply switch


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                  savings would be threefold.                                                                                    the engine off.

								
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