As you probably already know, transport is one of the areas in which we can do a lot for the climate. Transport for business purposes includes our daily commute to and from university, and our travel to and from meetings and conferences in Denmark and abroad. Here are some ideas for those of you who want to "greenify" your travel habits.
Flying consumes large amounts of energy, which converts to CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and air travel is a significant contributor to global climate change. It's a good idea to consider the following before you book a business flight:
If you cannot avoid travelling by air, you can look into which airline or flight, etc. is the most climate-friendly alternative:
the most climate-friendly way to get from east Denmark to west Denmark is by express train or by bus via the Great Belt Bridge? The most climate-unfriendly way is by airplane, or driving by car alone and taking the high-speed car ferry. (Source: Henrik Gudmundsson, seniorkonsulent i Concito.)
CO2 emissions in grams per person per kilometre. When driving by car, the CO2 emissions must be divided by the number of people in the car.
Diesel train = 48 grams
Electric train = 7 grams
Petrol car =141 grams
Air travel = 109 grams
Bus = 80 grams
High-speed car ferry = 1.700 grams
Public transport is a green alternative to the car. Less CO2 is emitted when we travel many people together on the same train or bus rather than each of driving alone by car.
A good way to save CO2 is to reduce the number of people driving alone by car. If you are going the same way, for example to and from a course or a conference, you can help the climate by organising a carpool with your colleagues. It's also a good idea to organise a carpool to and from work.
an average fossil fuel car emits 147 grams of CO2 per kilometre? In comparison, streaming Netflix for one hour emits 163 grams of CO2.
Obviously, the bicycle is a climate-friendly transport alternative. So, if you can choose the bike, then you'll be choosing the greenest mode of transport.