So you want to reduce your carbon footprint right? But you still have to get from A to B and back again. So what’s the cleanest way to go in terms of CO2?
The obvious one is to walk or cycle. Both are essentially carbon neutral, though if you were really being pedantic, you could say that the extra effort does make you breathe a bit harder. But its not a lot.
However, what if you have to go a bit further? Out of range of leg power? Your first suggestion might be the bus, maybe a train? Perhaps if you have to drive, then take the Toyota Prius? Well it’s not quite that straightforward, and the results might surprise you…
So what does this mean?
Well, if you’re going a long way and want to cut your footprint, don’t bother with the train. Instead give National Express a call and hop on.
And how about occupancy? For example, 2 people on a 50cc scooter would be pretty slow, but at 36 g/km its even cleaner than a coach. 4 people in a VW Polo Bluemotion? Less than 25g/km each. To put that in context, a Bentley Continental GT with 1 person is 410 g/km.
And that cab you took home last night after too many beers? Ouch…
Data Sources / Notes:
1. Sources of data: VCA car fuel data, www.clear-offset.com analysis, DEFRA, TFL, Going Green.
2. Flight figures do not include any form of radiative forcing index.
3. G-Wiz figure is an equivalent CO2 figure if the electricity is produced from the national grid.
4. All bikes are 4-stroke.
Note: This blog is written on behalf of Clear the carbon offset company.