Within Surrey, travel accounts for the highest proportion of county-wide and personal emissions. Surrey County Council estimates that these emissions equate to approximately 2.3 tonnes of CO2 per person per year.
A report from Sustrans, a UK walking and cycling charity and custodian of the National Cycle Network, estimates that over ten years, more than 8,300 premature deaths from air pollution in England could be prevented, if the targets to increase cycling and walking set out by the Government are met.
Reducing the number of private car journeys we take will significantly reduce our carbon emissions, improve air quality and bring health benefits for all.
Building walking or cycling into daily routines are the most effective ways to increase physical activity, allowing us to achieve both health and environmental benefits.
- Information on cycling, such as journey planning, safety and training is available on our Cycling in Mole Valley web page.
- You can also find some useful active travel information on the Mole Valley Together website.
- If you’d like to experience the health benefits of walking, and do so with others in Mole Valley, you may be interested in the Walking for Health scheme. This page also has information on walking routes in Mole Valley.
Other alternatives to private car journeys
When active travel is not an option, look at other ways to reduce private car travel, such as working from home and utilising public transport*.
If a car journey is required, consider car sharing* (e.g. for commuting to work and school runs), joining a car club or switching to a hybrid or electric car.
*Please note that due to the current COVID-19 risk, car sharing is not recommended at this time and public transport should be avoided, providing that alternative methods of transport are available.
Car clubs provide access to fuel-efficient vehicles which can be rented by the hour or the day.
Given the cost of owning and maintaining a car, many would experience significant savings by switching from car ownership to using a car club.
The increased use of car clubs also translates into environmental benefits:
- Car club cars produce 43% less CO2 from tailpipe emissions than the average UK car
- Research indicates that each car club car displaces 10.5 private cars and deferrers 12 private car purchases
- More car club vehicles means fewer cars on the roads overall, improving air quality, reducing congestion and decreasing the demand for parking
Information on car clubs in Surrey can be found on the Surrey County Council website.
Electric cars have zero tailpipe emissions and an analysis of recent independent Life Cycle Analysis studies found that a battery electric car over its lifetime results in 50% less CO2 emissions than an average EU car today.
- The government now offers subsidies for buying certain electric vehicles and grants towards installing charging points at your home
- The EDF website is a good source of information on the cost of running an electric vehicle
- You can view the UK’s growing network of charging points on the Zap website
- MVDC has set a target of installing 90 more EV points in its car parks by 2022.
Look for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday travel, by choosing destinations which can be reached without flying.
- This could mean enjoying a UK based holiday, or taking a train or ferry to a destination in Europe – this is often more affordable and practical than flying.
- The Man in Seat 61 website is a great resource for planning international train and ferry travel.
Bear in mind that what you do whilst on holiday can have a bigger carbon impact than the travel aspect, even if you do fly to your destination.
- A study commissioned by Responsible Travel indicated that emissions associated with food can potentially exceed a trip’s transport emissions, and that of accommodation.
- The study also found that the smaller, more sustainable accommodations surveyed can emit four times less carbon than many 4 star hotel chains.
- It's important to consider the whole picture, including what you can do before you even leave your home- check out these five tips from Hubbub on how to have a more sustainable holiday.