A little help cutting your car’s carbon footprint

Make extra money and reduce carbon footprint with help from Logbook Loans…

In our recent article Electric cars in the news again, we looked at factors behind the current increase in interest in electric cars. At the time, one of these was the ban from 2040 of sales of petrol and diesel cars. But Boris Johnson recently announced – at a launch event for the United Nations climate summit COP26 in November – that this could be brought forward to 2035 or even as early as 2030.

Mr Johnson said that 2020 would be a “defining year of climate action” for the planet. 

So for those of us who currently  have petrol or diesel cars, what can we do now to reduce the carbon footprint of those cars?

An interesting way to get started is to use the Carbon Footprint calculator. Enter the details of your car and you will be provided with information on the amount of metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) that your car uses over a given number of miles. You can also see things that you could do to replace that CO2e in the environment.

But what can we do on a day-to-day basis to minimise the carbon footprint of our car? 

Here are three things to try:

1. Decide if your journey is strictly necessary, and whether it has to be done by car – particularly if you are in a city. If we all used our cars a little less it could make a huge difference. It’s estimated that one person going carless for a year would save around 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide. So try using your car less: either walk or cycle or use public transport. And why not consider car sharing for your commute or school run?

 

2. Drive mindfully. These five tips will help:

      • Drive smoothly without any sudden acceleration or braking. This uses less fuel and reduces emissions. 
      • Maintain your car well and have it serviced regularly. This will keep it more efficient.
      • Ensure that your tyres are at the correct pressures as this can also reduce emissions. 
      • Cut down your use of air conditioning as this can cause excessive emissions. 
      • Don’t overload your car with items and equipment that you don’t need for your journey. The heavier your car, the greater the emissions. 

3.  When replacing your car, look for one that has lower emissions. Not only is it better for the environment, but it will probably also be cheaper for you to run, enabling you to save money. Why not decide to make the switch to electric now and be ahead of the game in advance of 2030?

 

We hope that these tips enable you to reduce the carbon footprint of your car, and play your part in this “defining year of climate action”.

Check back here soon for more motoring and money saving tips from Logbook Loans.