Vehicle - Carbon Reduction
Tips to helping you reduce your personal transport footprint
Tips and Advice to help you cut carbon and energy cost
Driving one mile in an average car produces 300gs of CO2e. A year's worth of driving can therefore produce 3 tonnes of CO2e.
Travel less and travel more carbon footprint friendly
- For short journeys; walk or cycle
- Use the bus or a train rather than your car
- See if your employer will allow you to work from home one day a week
- Car share to work or for the school run (this can reduce your impact by 50-80%)
- Next time you replace your car - make sure you choose a low emission vehicle. If you have the budget, consider getting a hybrid or full electric car.
- Exhaust cleaning liquids or premium fuel containing these additives can be used once every 3 months to improve efficiency and reduce excess emissions.
- Keep track and check car oil frequently to insure your car is working at optimum efficiency.
- A tyre loses around 1 psi (0.076 bar) per month, with a tyre under-inflated by 20 percent reducing economy by around 20 percent, therefore increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
- Limit idling in traffic as 10 seconds of idling in traffic wastes more fuel than restarting the car, it also produces more harmful air pollution.
- Overall driving style can significantly influence emission levels and air pollution. This is through, driving speed (driving at 70 mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60 mph and up to 15% more than at 50 mph) earlier gear changes (shift up a gear when the engine is revving between 2000 and 2500 revs), earlier breaking and slowing down.
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