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Whenever we travel by some form of motorised vehicle, whether that be by car, bus, train or plane, there is always a carbon footprint involved.
When you use one of the free online carbon footprint calculators if you add in any form of travel your personal carbon footprint immediately shoots up. There are ways you can reduce this with things like carbon offsetting or choosing a more energy efficient mode of transport.
So Which Mode of Transportation is Best?
Without getting too technical about it I’ve included some of the main modes of transportation for you so you can see how they compare to each other…
- Travelling by air in the UK produces 362.23 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling in a medium sized car produces 205.54 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling by bus produces 115.29 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling by train produces 57.58 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling by coach produces 35.47 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling by bicycle produces 0 gCO2e/pkm
- Travelling by foot produces 0 gCO2e/pkm
Obviously, the best choice would be to walk or ride a bike. By switching from a car or van to walking or a bike a person can save 100% of their contribution to climate change. If a person switched to public transport such as a bus or train they can save 50%.
However, I do live in the real world and sometimes there just is no other option. I’m not about to suggest you bike to Ibiza for your Summer holiday. That would be crazy! But what I am saying is that there may be a better alternative out there for you that you hadn’t considered before.
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Why You Should Consider Travelling by Coach
As you can see from the results above travelling by coach is one of the better options to choose but is often overlooked as a way of travelling.
Below are just some of the benefits of opting to travel by coach…
Modern buses and coaches are incredibly fuel efficient and it’s been proven that it’s the most energy-efficient way for people to be transported to their destination.
‘Coaches emit 0.03 kg of CO2 per passenger-kilometre; half that of trains and radically smaller than the 0.11 kg emitted by cars and 0.18 kg by airplanes’ Bus and Coach Smart Move
Noxious emissions such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and other particles have been reduced by up to 98% in Europe over the past 20 years thanks to the bus and coach industry’s substantial investment in new technology. Source: EU Commission, 2009
To carry one passenger over 100 kilometres, buses and coaches need, on average, between 0.6 and 0.9 litres of diesel fuel whereas, on average, a diesel car will consume 5.9 litres of fuel, a gas-powered car 7.6 litres, an aeroplane 6.6 litres and high-speed trains 2.6 litres.
No other means of collective passenger transport is more energy efficient! Source: ADEME study on the energy and environmental efficiency of transport modes, 2008
Helps to Reduce Congestion on the Roads
As well as being a better option for reducing your personal carbon footprint opting to take a coach or bus can replace up to 30 cars on the road which helps to reduce congestion.
It Can Save You Money
If you choose to travel by car over a bus or coach it’s 3 x more expensive. Travel by rail and it’s 2 x more expensive. Yet another reason to opt for coach travel next time.
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Personally, I have travelled by coach in the past but that was in our pre-children days. Post kiddies we tend to travel mainly by water. However, now I have learnt the facts I will definitely look into coach travel for our next getaway.
So what about you? Would you choose to travel by coach for your next trip?