Travel, transport and sustainable living
Transport is responsible for about 40% of Australia's household greenhouse gas emissions.
First Steps to driving your car less
1. Take public transport to work. Not very difficult for most of us.
2. Walk or cycle rather than driving. It's healthy too! (There are bicycle user groups in major cities that provide useful information on cycling.)
How you can have the biggest impact and reduce your footprint
1. Drive efficiently. Even just correct tyre pressure can save 10% on your fuel consumption! A well-serviced car can save you – and the environment - heaps!
2. Carpooling. Company on the way to the company can knock your travel impact and costs down by 75%.
3. Reduce Air travel. For business - video conferences instead of air travel; for holidays - discover some of the fabulous destinations closer to home.
Driving and transport is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions
Australia's 11 million cars produce more than 46 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which causes global warming - and this figure is set to grow by up to 60% according to government estimates.
What this means is that we need to start reducing our car emissions now to achieve a reduction of 30% of total emissions by 2030.
Below are some of the things you can do to reduce your transport footprint and save money to protect our environment when getting from A to B.
• Reduce your car use
• Car share
• Offset your car’s emissions
Click here to find out more about how to drive your car more efficiently in an effort to reduce your personal ecological footprint. Tips include - servicing your car regularly, driving in high gears, reduce your speed and travelling light.
Air travel is a big contributor to carbon emissions
Whether you are visiting the beaches of the Mediterranean or the pristine white landscape of the Arctic, your holiday travel can have a huge impact on the environment.
When using air travel, consider the simple guides below and make an informed choice about your journey.
Ask yourself, do I really need to make that trip?
When you travel by plane you are contributing to carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change. Unfortuantely, the best solution is to try to avoid air travel wherever possible.
If you do need to travel, choose the most environmentally friendly option available.
Sometimes travel can't be avoided. The WWF Travel Helper assists you to make the right choices, so you can find the travel option with the lowest carbon footprint and also offset the environmental cost of the journey.
By offsetting with Gold Standard carbon offsets, you will be investing in projects that reduce the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere by your trip.
Accommodation when traveling - choose the right place to stay
Make sure you choose accommodation that recycles, has an effective waste treatment system, is energy efficient, and, where possible, uses environmentally friendly energy sources such as solar energy or hydro-electric power.
Also, look out for hotels that participate in WWF's Check Out for Nature programme. Participating Hotels will add 1 Euro (or its equivalent value) to your hotel bill when you check out at the end of your stay. This contribution will be used to support WWF’s conservation work around the world.
Eco-Tourism and travel – the choices you make
Once you arrive at your destination there are lots of things you can do to reduce the impact of your trip. The economy of many countries around the world depends on them being a popular tourist destination. As a tourist, you can influence investment and development in environmental causes and eco-tourism through the choices you make.
The money you spend helps determine the development and direction of tourism. So make sure you use your money to support reputable, conservation-minded tour operators and suppliers. Visit WWF International’s website to find out more about what you can do while you are away.
Souvenirs of your travels
Some souvenirs could end up costing a lot more than you paid for them.
Think twice before you buy any products made from the parts of endangered species, including animal hides and body parts such as tortoise-shell, ivory or coral - they could be illegal.
Click here for more information about sustainable tourism.