People contribute to CO2 emissions when they don’t follow planet-friendly guidelines, especially while traveling. We’ve put together a list of quick tips so that you do something about bringing down your CO2 emissions the next time you put on your travel hat.
Reduce CO2 Emission At Hotels
1. Reuse Towels At Hotels: You don’t wash towels each time you use them at home. Why do it at hotels? Use your towel two-three times before handing it in for washing.
2. Stay At Planet-Friendly Hotels: Many hotels use solar heaters, cut back on paper products, and recycle their water and so on. Check if the hotel is registered with Green Hotels Association or Audubon International’s Green Leaf program.
3. Be energy efficient: Turn off all electric utilities when you leave a room. Lower the AC and use the fan instead. Unplug all chargers to save power. Even though you don’t pay for it, turn off your office light when you leave work
4. Stay Close To The Airport: Stay at hotels close to the airport and use their free shuttle service to save on fuel.
Reduce CO2 Emission While Flying
5. Avoid Using The Toilet On The Plane: Unless you are taking a real long flight, try taking your restroom break at the airport before your flight to help save the extra fuel.
6. Fly During The Day: Studies indicate that night flights have a greater negative impact on the climatic change, so try to fly by day.
7. Take Direct Flights If Possible: Direct flights are more expensive, but every extra flight means more carbon emissions. Opt for direct flights whenever possible.
8. Fly Fuel-Efficient Planes: When you book tickets, look for fuel-efficient planes. These fly at lower altitudes and cause lesser damage, while using about 60% of the per-person fuel used on a jet.
9. Fly Economy Class: More passengers per space mean lesser CO2 emissions per person. So say no to business and first class and travel economy.
10. Consider Vacationing Close To Home: If you must fly, consider a shorter flight closer to home than flying to a global destination.
Reduce CO2 Emission On The Road
11. Keep Your Car In Shape: Keep your far in the best, most fuel efficient shape possible. Check tire pressure, change the oil frequently and get the car serviced often.
12. Take Less With You: All vehicles consume more fuel to carry additional weight. Carry less no matter what kind of transport you’re using.
13. Drive Efficiently: When you drive your rented car, keep idling low, accelerate smoothly and minimize air conditioning. If it’s cold, ask for a block heater to warm up a cold engine before starting it to save fuel.
14. Use Public Transportation: Public transportation vehicles use the same resources for one passenger or a 100. Don’t let that resource go to waste.
15. Walk Or Bike: Rent bikes for your entire family, enjoy the sights at your convenience and acquire health benefits as well! It makes sense to buy a folding bike and check it in to use at your destination.
16. Share Airport Taxis: If you’re traveling singly, ask to share the cab with others going the same way. It’s a small thing, but if more people do it, it’ll save a lot of fuel.
17. Rent Hybrids: Rent a hybrid or subcompact car in advance. You’ll have your car ready for you, and you can help save part of the 16,000 pounds of CO2 and $3,750 a year expense.
18. Buy Travel Passes: Grab a day or weekly pass for public transportation. You’ll enjoy your travel much more while sparing the planet.
Reduce CO2 Emission While Eating
19. Reduce Your Meat Consumption: Around the world, vegetarians show smaller carbon footprints than meat eaters. That saves the energy used to store and transport meat and also reduces the large amounts of methane gases that cattle and sheep release.
20. Carry A Water Bottle: Plastic bottles cause a lot of chemical damage to our planet. Fill water in a food-grade water bottle from water fountains and at restaurants if you’re traveling in Europe or in the US.
21. Eat Locally And Organically: Food transportation consumes a lot of fuel. By eating locally at farmer’s markets and local shops wherever you go, you can help prevent food import, support local economy and reduce your CO2 footprint.
22. Reduce Your Use Of Plastic: Use the toiletries provided at your hotel; avoid carrying little plastic bottles of shampoo and cologne. When you buy products while traveling, avoid using plastic bags or anything wrapped in plastic.
23. Recycle: Look for the recycle bin at hotels and be sure to use it. Hotels throw away 80% of recyclable stuff every day.
24. Reduce Paper Usage: Use the modern electronic and video check-out systems to check out of your hotel instead of using paper documentation.
25. Buy Eco-Friendly Souvenirs: Don’t buy anything that’s made using endangered animal or plants, such as ivory, or shawls made of rare sheep.
About the Author: Komal is a writer, traveler and self-confessed adrenaline addict. She recently enjoyed a helicopter ride over Sydney, Australia, taking in sights that included the world-famous Opera House.