How to Reduce Your Transportation Footprint
In recent years, transport has become the most polluting sector in the UK, with the majority of greenhouse gas emissions now coming from this industry. A recent study shows that 36% of workers across the UK use their car to get to work. This has a negative impact on the environment, contributing to high carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution.
While most of us prefer driving to work, changing how we commute can have a positive impact on the environment. This does not require a huge commitment or selling your car, instead it is about making small changes to our transportation habits in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are 4 ways you can reduce your transportation footprint when commuting to work.
1. Public Transport
Instead of driving to work, why not hop on a bus or train? It may not be as enjoyable as commuting in your own car, but using public transport has a range of benefits. These include reducing emissions, easing congestion and giving you the opportunity to relax, read or catch up on emails while you commute. Travelling by bus during rush hour can also reduce your travel time as the buses use dedicated bus lanes in busy areas.
2. Cycle To Work
Cycling to work has many benefits, both for yourself and the environment. As well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion, you will also save money and increase your fitness levels. Many organisations offer the 'Cycle To Work' scheme, which provides people in Northern Ireland with the opportunity to save up to 50% when purchasing a bike. There really is no excuse to get on a bike and start cycling to work!
If you would still prefer to drive to work, why not consider carpooling with your work colleagues. While sharing the car journey with your co-workers might mean adjusting your schedule slightly, it will result in less cars on the road and reduced carbon emissions. It will also allow you to save money on fuel as well as enjoying a catch up with your work mates.
4. Work from home
Finally, if you live far away from your workplace, you should consider working from home throughout the week. Flexible working is becoming increasingly popular, with more employers allowing their staff to work from home on a part-time/full-time basis instead of driving long distances to the office. By doing this, you will reduce your carbon footprint as well as giving yourself some extra time in bed each morning!
At Regen Waste, we believe it is important that everyone plays their part in protecting the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. Although it may not be possible to use these alternative transportation methods every day, you should try to incorporate them once or twice a week. Making any changes, whether they are big or small, will have a positive impact on the environment.
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