How to reduce your carbon footrpint when you travel

Here is some information about how you can get your bills down, and save the planet in the process!

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Travel locally!

Take a camping trip to your nearest forest, hike up a mountain, pop to the beach – there’s no excuse! (OK, unless you live in Coton, the farthest place in the UK from the sea – and even then, you’re only 70 miles from the nearest coastline!) The staycation is back, and there are plenty of beautiful spots to explore in the UK.

Human Power

Where possible, we at C Free are big believers in human power. It comes in many forms, be it walking, cycling, running, skipping, skateboarding, unicycling, mini scootering, forward-rolling, backward-rolling, or anything else that gets you from A to B using your own muscles. If you can, get those muscles working! And don’t forget to give us a wave – spot Eddie on his bike and Adam on his skateboard around London.

Use public transport

If you have to travel and you can’t use your own power, try to take the train or bus. Everytime you use public transport, you are sharing the carbon footprint associated with that journey amongst everyone on board. For example, a single journey from London to Budapest by train would use 56kg CO2 whereas a car journey would produce 182kg of CO2. If you are interested, why not try our carbon calculator to find out how much of your carbon footprint is due to travel.

If you’re serious about upping your eco-warrior game, take a look at the efficiency of the specific mode of transport you are taking. Some trains or buses are very old and thus produce a lot of CO2e. In Europe most trains are modern, and generally more efficient so are usually the safest bet. However, in America, a lot of the trains are older and more polluting so it can be better to get the bus, even for longer journeys.

If you have to drive, why not try car sharing? It’s a great way to share the footprint, help someone out, and meet new people!

Avoid flying

Do you have wings? We didn’t think so: humans were never meant to fly. How does a giant piece of metal get up in the air like that? By using a load of energy, that’s how. If you’re going to stop using one form of transport, make it planes. Flying from London to New York and back generates nearly a tonne of CO2 per passenger.

If you do have to fly, there are a few ways to make it more efficient. Always try to fly direct, as take off and landing are the most carbon intensive parts of flying, and make sure you pick economy class as the emissions are shared over more passengers. Flying first class can emit up to nine times more CO2e. It’s also really important to make the most of every journey; if you’re flying with work, try to get all your meetings and conferences booked for the same trip instead of going back and forth.

Drive smart

If you do have to drive, don’t drive aggressively. It seems obvious for safety reasons but it is also more efficient. Go easy on the accelerator and the brakes! Look after your car by having regular services and keeping the tyres pumped up; low tyre pressures will cost you more in fuel consumption. Try not to use air conditioning as much as you can, it takes a lot of energy to cool down the power of the sun.

Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out 10 ways to reduce your carbon footrpint when you travel.