As the impact of climate change becomes steadily more obvious, people are starting to wonder what they can do to make a difference.
UGOMYWAY was developed specifically to help you reduce your carbon footprint through carpooling and rideshare, but there are other practical steps that you can take every day.
Don’t use motorised transport if you can avoid it. Walk, cycle or work-from-home. Plan your journeys on a weekly cycle to minimise duplicated trips (if you pass a supermarket on the way home from work, why make a separate trip for the grocery shopping?).
Many studies suggest that the carbon footprint of manufacturing a new car is similar to the carbon footprint created by a lifetime of using it. The exact balance is a matter of debate, but environmentally it makes sense to reuse your car for as long as possible.
However, if your car has very high fuel consumption, you could consider changing it for a newer, lighter, more efficient model. As a rule of thumb, the bigger and more expensive a car is, the more work will have been done to create it, and the worse its manufacturing carbon footprint will be. A low carbon future means that you personally have to choose a smaller, lighter, slower car.
To learn more about this, see : What’s the carbon footprint of a new car?
A fuller academic analysis is here: A life-cycle analysis of new automobile technologies
Almost the only good environmental news about cars is that most are made from materials that are inherently recyclable, such as steel and aluminium. Plastic components are also often recyclable.
Besides reducing your motoring carbon footprint by about half, carpooling will reduce traffic congestion; make for a more sociable and less stressful start to the day, and ultimately make you richer by reducing the amount of money you give to oil companies. What’s not to like? If you have neighbours who make journeys similar to yours, or if you have colleagues who live nearby, then you have no excuse.