How we travel has a great impact on the amount of carbon pollution our daily activities emit into the environment. Personal car use is a high contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Australian Government Living Greener website notes: "The average passenger car travels 13,200 kilometres per year and emits 2.7 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide”, and "For every litre of petrol used in a motor vehicle, 2.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) are emitted from the exhaust”. Avoiding car use is one of the best ways to reduce carbon emissions and alternatives to car travel can increase your level of exercise and improve your health.
Keeping a travel diary (PDF – 33kB) Attached for a week or more, can help you identify opportunities to use your car less. For example through carpooling, using public transport, cycling, walking, working from home or holding work meetings via Skype or telephone rather than in person. Cycling and walking have the additional benefits, of giving you some exercise.
If you have to drive, there are a few options to reduce your carbon emissions:
- Drive more efficiently: See the Department of Transport’s brochure ‘Smarter use of your car’
- When the time comes to retire your old car, buy a smaller car that uses a lower emission fuel such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG).
- Drive an electric car or scooter: There are several models commercially available, or you can convert your existing car or scooter over to an electric motor. For even lower carbon emissions ‘refuel’ your car with sustainably generated energy by plugging your vehicle a solar photovoltaic system (solar panels) powered electricity source.
Shire of Kalamunda Local Travel Smart Guide
Map of the public transport, walking and cycling options available in the Shire. Download two pages of the map here:
Printed copies are also available from the Shire.
Department of Transport – Travel Smart
The Travel Smart program led by the State government Department of Transport provides information, tools and resources for the community, businesses and local government to make healthier travel choices that will reduce our impact on the environment. See the Active Transport – Travel/Living Smart page for more information.
Many useful brochures on travelling smart are also available at Department of Transport’s Active Transport website.
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