Go electric, leave the car at home, or carpool!
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is released by burning fossil fuels like oil, which the petrol and diesel that we use in our cars comes from. This harmful greenhouse gas contributes to climate change, including extreme weather events, sea-level rise, floods and drought.
Here are some tips for reducing your vehicle emissions:
- Where possible, use public transport - buses and trains are a more environmentally friendly option.
- Car share with colleagues, family and friends.
- Choose two wheels instead of four - cycling to your destination is good for your health and the environment. It’s also a great opportunity to spot wildlife and explore your local area.
- Take a hike - enjoy the walk instead of being sat in the car.
- Avoid using cars for short journeys - combine trips or use other transport.
- Care for your car - tyre pressure and brake upkeep can both impact the level of emissions.
- Drive efficiently - avoid idling, use higher gears and maintain a steady speed whenever possible. Avoiding heavy braking can also reduce the amount of microplastics that your tyres shed.
- Open the windows instead of using the air conditioning - air conditioning systems increase fuel consumption and emissions.
- Choose a greener car - hybrid and electric vehicles are greener alternatives, and electric vehicles produce no exhaust emissions when being driven.
- As covid restrictions ease - consider the decision to fly less. Think about having a staycation as flights emit significant carbon emissions.
More information from the Energy Saving Trust.