The 16-year-old climate change activist, Greta Thunberg travels in style or, more accurately put, eco style. Just last week, she traveled to the United Nations Climate Action Summit by sailing from Plymouth, England, to New York in a 60-foot racing yacht, the Malizia II, all to avoid plane travel. The yacht is equipped with solar panels and hydro-generators, giving off zero CO2 emissions. Reason being? Aviation is responsible for 12% of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. On top of that, according to Air Transport Action Group, the global aviation industry produces around 2% of all human-induced carbon dioxide emissions.
But what if you don’t have the time to be able to make a 15-day sea journey every time you need to jaunt to New York for a work conference?
Well, there are a few ways to reduce your CO2 emissions, both with your daily commute as well as with long-distance travel.
1. e-Mobility Options
Make the switch to e-Mobility. If you live in a city, like Berlin, Munich, Hamburg or many others across Germany or Europe, you have probably seen many e-Mobility options hit the streets earlier this summer. Instead of driving – especially short distances – why not choose to take an e bike? There are many popular sharing services available, like Lime and VOI.
For those that live in more remote places where e-Mobility is not as accessible, you do have options to buy your own e-Scooter, e-Bike, e-Roller or e-Auto. Some cities even have major financial incentives just for purchasing your own electric vehicle.
2. Fly Economy
Before booking a plane trip, try first to look at all your options. Is there a Flixbus or train you could take instead?
Sometimes there really is no way to avoid flying, but if you do, be sure to do these simple tricks to reduce your emissions – even why you fly. The first is to try taking more direct flights. Studies say that take-off and landing causes 25 percent of a plane’s emissions. The second trick is to fly economy. Lara Barlow, the general manager of Travelzoo Canada, suggests that “by flying economy, each passenger’s share of a flight’s carbon emissions is relatively less because it’s spread out over more people.”
3. Public Transportation
The whole goal is to transform our behavior from destructive to constructive. Our project, ePilot has the potential to inspire the next generation to live a more sustainable lifestyle, thus making the world a better place. Join us in this initiative. Register with ePilot and make e-Mobility the fastest, smartest, and cheapest transportation option in your city to help lower carbon emissions globally. Our goal is to make e-Mobility easy so you can make the right choices on e scooters, e bikes, electric cars and more.
*Image credit Anders Hellberg of Effekt magazine