Founded in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22, aimed to raise public awareness about environmental protection.
As a fellow adventurer and explorer, we know you love to travel just as much as we do. However, one of the dilemmas is the fact that, as reported by the European Commission, aviation accounts for approximately 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions.
The good news though is that CO2 emissions from aviation have been included in the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) since 2012, which means that all airlines operating in Europe are required to monitor, report and verify their emissions. This has seen the carbon footprint of the aviation sector reduced by more than 17 million tonnes per year.
As travellers, there are few simple ways we can holiday greener and reduce our carbon footprint in the process. Here´s how:
Looking at the emissions emitted from flying, it would be easy to suggest avoiding flying altogether, however not only is it impractical but sometimes impossible.
Some reports suggest we should look at the amount of CO2 emitted per mile instead, meaning that´s it´s not how we travel but as how far we travel that´s more important.
As a general rule of thumb, for shorter trips, take a train or bus instead of flying, which will be at least seven times less in terms of emissions.
However, when flying, use the most direct route possible since it is during take off and landing that the most fuel is used.
Choose A Green Hotel
More and more hotels are becoming environmentally conscious. When booking a hotel, look for a green hotel. A green hotel is a property that reduces waste, reduces their energy consumption, and operates sustainably.
Alternatively, you can often learn more about a hotel´s environment efforts on their website.
While staying at your hotel, reduce your energy consumption by keeping your shower time to a minimum, turning off the TV and lights when you´re not in your room, and, of course, reusing your towels and bedsheets instead of requesting new ones each day.
Choose Real Local Cuisine
It´s estimated that 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the production and transport of food. In fact, in the U.S., much of the food sold in supermarkets travels an average of 1,500 miles.
When holidaying (and also when at home!), opt to buy local, seasonal foods, which not only travel fewer miles but are also fresher. There´s nothing quite like real local cuisine than to buy and eat local produce.
Use a Refillable Water Bottle
According to a recent article published in The Guardian, the annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, which outweighs all recycling efforts and, in turn, is destroying our oceans, coastlines, and other environments.
Instead of purchasing plastic water bottles, such as the hotel mini-bar or while out exploring the city, travel with your own washable, re-usable and refillable water container.
In its Climate Action report, the European Commission states that transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities.
While holidaying, explore the city on foot or by bike. Not only will you be reducing carbon emissions but the physical exercise is also better for you. What better way to see a new city than on foot?
While on your holiday, if you need to travel between cities or cross over into another country, consider taking a bus or train instead of flying. By eliminating just one flight from your journey, you can reduce your carbon footprint significantly. It´s also a great way to see more of the country too.
So, FerratumBank friends and fellow travellers, together, we can make a difference this Earth Day. Click here to learn more: https://www.earthday.org
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