Transport now accounts for 26% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the majority coming from petrol and diesel cars.
By leaving our cars at home we can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also improve air quality in our local area and our health.
Use public transport
Walk and cycle
Did you know that car drivers are exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than a cyclist?
Cycling is not only a fun, sociable and healthy activity - it can help you save money on fuel and parking costs while reducing your carbon footprint. Consider an ebike if the prospect of a long cycle is a little daunting.
A third of our daily journeys take us less than a mile away and walking them can improve our physical and mental health.
Find out more about cycling and walking in the Borough.
If you do need to commute by car, consider sharing the journey with a friend or colleague to potentially half your emissions. Eastleigh’s Co-wheels scheme is a community car club offering pay-as-you-drive hire of electric or hybrid cars.
Electric and hybrid cars are becoming more affordable so when the time comes to change your car, consider going for one of these eco-friendly vehicles.
A single long haul flight will generate more carbon emissions than a person living in some developing countries emits in a year. Unfortunately, emissions from air travel are growing, as passenger numbers are set to nearly double by 2036.
When booking a holiday, think about visiting somewhere in the UK, going on a road or train trip in Europe or even planning a staycation to visit some of the wonderful locations within easy reach of Eastleigh, like the New Forest, London or the Jurassic Coast.
If you fly for work, only do so when a video call won’t do the trick.
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