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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 Images from istock 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 Images from istock savings would be threefold. the engine off.
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