Reduce Transport

The above diagram shows which transport options are cheapest and most sustainable environmentally. The car with a ‘2’ represents car sharing. When planning a journey consider first if you can use the most sustainable option, then move to the next option to the left only if the more sustainable option isn’t possible.

  • Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and also affects roadside air quality.[1]
  • The International Air Transport Association expects the number of passengers traveling by air to almost double between 2016 and 2035.[2]
  • In 2015 the government forecast that road traffic would increase by between 19% and 55% between 2010 and 2040.[3]
  • 78% of the distance travelled for personal trips is done by car.

These trends indicate that, despite technological advances, the environmental impacts of transport will grow unless action is taken at all levels – by government, business and individuals.

On the other hand:

  • Walking is on the increase, with 6.9% more people making a walking journey five times week in 2016 than in 2014.
  • Around 15% of adults cycle at least once a month. The number of people cycling has been increasing steadily since 2008.[4]
  • Locally, in 2014/15, Newark and Sherwood was the local authority area with the 17th highest proportion of adults cycling at least three times a week. It was the only local authority in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to make the top 20.[5]

Walking and Cycling

Walking and cycling automatically slash travel related costs and CO2 emissions, yet currently, just over half (56%) of car trips are less than five miles long[6]. Many of these journeys could be made on foot or by bike.

Find out more about cycling in:

The bike to work scheme allows people to effectively purchase a bike for 50% of the RRP using a salary sacrifice scheme. The scheme extends to cycling peripherals such as locks, lights and safety equipment.

Using Public Transport

Some journeys are just too long to walk or cycle. Many of these could be taken using public transport.

Car Sharing

Some journeys are difficult to carry out using public transport. However our roads are full of cars with only one person in, all taking exactly the same journey as each other. Car sharing is one way to cut the number of cars on the road, whilst also slashing CO2 emissions.

Car sharing schemes can also be set up in an individual workplace or at school, for example, by simply posting a notice on a notice board.