Climate change is one of the most pressing issues in our society today. To reduce and minimise the devastating losses and impacts of global warming we need to act now. A report published in 2017 stated that we need to "reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero well before 2040 in order to ensure global warming does not go above 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century."1 A significant part of this action needs to come from reducing our individual carbon footprints.
A recent study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology analysed household carbon emissions for all regions across the EU27. The UK emerged as one of the worst emitters, on a par with Luxembourg. Across the whole EU region, transport was one of the biggest contributing sectors. Researchers found that transport makes up around 30% of EU household emissions, and in some regions as much as 44%, with most of the impact coming from the burning of transport fuel.2 A separate piece of research, published last month by researchers in Sweden and Canada, analysed 39 existing peer reviewed studies to identify which behaviours make most impact on reducing our carbon footprint. Reducing car and air travel featured in the top 5.3