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How does transport affect climate change? - OneSharedEarth
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How is climate change affected by transport? How can I change my transport habits to help reduce the effects of climate change?
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Transportation is a large contributor to fossil fuel consumption. In 2017, the UK government found that Transport was the largest emitting sector of UK, accounting for 27% of greenhouse gas emissions. This is because most modes of transport, such as cars, trains and planes use petrol or diesel and the burning of these materials releases fossil fuels. For example, one normal transatlantic round-trip flight can release around 1.6 tonnes of CO2 – almost as much as the average yearly emissions of one person in India. There are several ways to travel more sustainably: 

  • walk/cycle short distances instead of driving

  • take trains and buses instead of planes.

  • Buying a more fuel efficient car. 



2017 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Diego Arguedas Ortiz, “Ten Simple Ways to Act on Climate Change” (BBC, 2018)

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‌Transport is one of the major causes of climate change. See more on this at “What Are the Main Causes of Climate Change?” (OneSharedEarth, 2018).

According to this study, Wynes S and Nicholas KA, “The Climate Mitigation Gap: Education and Government Recommendations Miss the Most Effective Individual Actions” (2017) 12 Environmental Research Letters 074024, living car-free (2.4 tCO2e saved per year) and avoiding aeroplane travel (1.6 tCO2e saved per round trip transatlantic flight) are the maximum impact actions an individual in a developed country can take to reduce annual personal emissions, after having fewer children.

‌See more at “What Are Most Effective Ways an Individual Can Reduce Carbon Footprint?” (OneSharedEarth, 2018)

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