Just as you, we prefer to spend time trekking in nature, far away from traffic. However, we would also suggest that more people use their feet at other times as well. Walking to and from work is a perfect way to get some daily excersise and clear your thoughts. Taking your bike will also be a good treat for nature.
However, there are some times where you will have to travel further away than your legs themselves can take you. Car, train, airplane and boat are some of the most common means of transport. Below are some tips on what to think about then traveling.
Train, airplane and boat
1. Try to take the train whenever you are travelling. From an environmental perspective, the train is much better than flying or travelling by car.
2. Book direct flights. Air travel has the highest emissions levels, followed by cars, buses and trains. No other method of transportation has as great of an environmental impact per km as air travel. Emissions are also considered to be much more harmful when released at high altitudes.
3. Choose public transportation to and from the airport, so you can relax and enjoy your trip by reading a good book at the same time as you decrease your carbon dioxide emissions.
4. Try to keep your luggage as light as possible. A heavy airplane burns more fuel.
5. Extend your stay when travelling long distances. Travelling long distances has a major impact on the environment; air travel has the highest level of carbon dioxide emissions per person and kilometre. Since you have decided to take a trip, why not take advantage of the situation and extend your stay.
6. Choose slower ferries over fast ferries, which burn more fuel.
7. Short boat trips are better than long boat trips since long boat trips have higher emissions per km than land transports.
Travel with car
1. Check the pressure in your car tires often. With the right pressure, your fuel consumption can decrease by more than five percent.
2. Use an engine heater. A cold engine releases 10 times more carbon dioxide during the first kilometre than a warm engine. In extremely cold temperatures (-15 degrees Celsius) the engine heater should be connected 1.5 hours before starting the engine and in warmer temperatures (+10 degrees Celsius) around 20 minutes before.
3. If you do not have an engine heater, avoid letting your car idle. In the winter, try to scrape the windows and pack the car before starting it. This will decrease your fuel consumption.
4. Follow the speed limits. If no one in Sweden drove faster than the speed limit, carbon dioxide emissions would decrease by 700,000 tonnes per year.
5. Downshift without using the gas pedal to slow down. Most modern cars totally cut off the fuel supply until the engine reaches 1200-1300 revolutions per minute. This makes your driving more green.
6. Carpool with your co-workers and minimise carbon dioxide emissions per person.
7. Buy a new car since newer models have lower energy consumption than older models.