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Flying or Driving Holidays – Which is More Environmentally Friendly

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Before the days of the greenhouse effect scares and a more environmentally conscious world it was enough to just plan a holiday in advance without... The post Flying or Driving Holidays – Which is More Environmentally Friendly appeared first on My Green Home Blog .




 

 

Before the days of the greenhouse effect scares and a more environmentally conscious world it was enough to just plan a holiday in advance without having to worry about carbon emissions or whether to fly or drive. Nowadays, these concerns are only natural as we plan to book our holidays in the hope of finding some corner of the world which is yet unexplored, or a forgotten paradise which hasn’t been tainted by any of the world’s ever-growing population.

True, we are all guilty of polluting our planet regardless of whether or not we are doing our part to redeem ourselves by way of recycling or donating to some eco-friendly organisation. Our holidays though might well be something different and concerning ourselves with what is more eco-friendly between flying or driving will not only do our bit in saving the planet but also in saving a considerable amount in our pockets.

By now you may be wondering what to choose between flying and driving when planning your holiday, and we will attempt to unravel this complex mystery by providing you with some answers in the paragraphs below. Keep reading if you are on the way to a holiday somewhere and have yet to decide on whether to drive or fly.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

One important point to consider when debating “Flying vs Driving” is the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions of each method of transport. Driving generates considerably less emissions than flying and is the preferred method if you are considering short distances in your holiday. While it may be considerably more expensive due to fuel, it is more clement on the environment and will definitely do your part in saving the planet.

Flying can generate double the amount (Kg) in carbon dioxide emissions but in most cases results in being considerably cheaper. Pablo Paster, a journalist who writes for Salon.com, mentions that a 3000 miles flight (approx) could generate approximately 1,300 kilograms of emissions compared to 900 Kg which are generated by car. Therefore, for national holidays consider renting a car instead of purchasing that plane ticket. Look for car hire firms like National Car Rental or Hertz who have modern fleets of low emission vehicles available.

You can see it is easier on the environment to drive and even the BBC’s “Green” site recommends cutting down on flights in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Overall Figures in Europe

If the above hasn’t convinced you that driving is more eco-friendly, you might want to look at these statistics provided by the site co2balance.com who are experts in carbon offsetting and provide a number of solutions relative to reducing carbon footprints in a number of geolocations. The figures further confirm that it is preferred to take a car for most trips, and even taking a ferry or a train is much better than a plane.

A plane can consume as much as 0,12 tonnes of carbon emissions per person, while a car with 2 people would only produce 0,8. A car with 4 people will produce 0,5 tonnes of emissions while a train will produce roughly 0,4 per person. The journey which is used as an example is from London to Reims and the figures are still valid today.

Conclusions

If you are the type that would rather take a plane anywhere you go then think again, as what you are doing could be considerably harmful to the environment. Of course, it is much better to just cycle or walk even for daily commuters, but for holidays it is better to take a ferry or a train.

We hope you have found the information useful in helping you decide your favoured means of transport for your future holidays.

 

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