Climate Change Travel Should you fly, drive or take the train?

Discussion in 'Travel News' started by d360, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. d360

    d360 Administrator

    With the new topic of flight shaming coming up what a traveler to do? Is traveling by Train, Car, or Plane best for Climate? There's many factors that need to be weighted to determine what's truly more efficient. But travel is general does cause flight shaming.

    Jet fuel produces an average of 21.1 pounds of CO2 per gallon and aviation gas 18.4, while fuel for cars is 19.6, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    Per passenger-hour traveled however, aviation’s climate impact is a factor 6 to 47 higher than the impact from car travel.

    Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that the average energy intensity of driving is about twice that of flying, a conclusion based on the current average on-road fuel economy of cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, and vans (21.6 mpg).

    The flight figures in the table are for economy class. For long haul flights, carbon emissions per passenger per kilometre travelled are about three times higher for business class and four times higher for first class, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

    Can driving be better than flying? Yes, if the car's electric


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