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
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
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 –
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
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,
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
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;
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.