One less car journey really adds up
29 January 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
Choosing not to use your car for just one journey per week when you might do otherwise really adds up to a carbon saving when you get 100’s of people doing it.
What is the pledge about?
Both Sussex Community and Sussex Partnership NHS Trusts are delivering a piece of work called Care Without Carbon in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of the delivery of healthcare.
Alongside the work the Trusts are doing, is a staff engagement piece called Dare to Care. It asks staff to make a small pledge to do something different to reduce their impact on the environment.
One of those pledges is called ‘one less car journey’, which asks people to commit to not using their car for a journey they would usually use it for, once in the week.
What difference has it made?
One person not using their car for just one journey, once per week might not seem like much, but it really does make a difference when hundreds of people are doing this small action.
At Sussex Community to date 436 people have made this pledge, and at Sussex Partnership where Dare to Care has only being in place for a year 115 people have made the pledge. Together this amounts to 551 people.
The average car journey based on government data is 8.2 miles. We calculated that the carbon saving was around 1.3kg CO2 per week using average carbon emissions per mile for both petrol and diesel engines for our 551 darers.
Over the course of one year that adds up to an impressive 67 tonnes of CO2 saved. To put that into context, it is the same as the energy needed to run 8 average homes for one year.
It’s hard to put a financial saving on that because every car is different and driven differently, but a rough figure of £60 per person per year wouldn’t be too unreasonable.
Add in the wellbeing factor when all those car journey’s become an active travel choice and it is win, win, win.
If you’d like to pledge to make one less car journey, you can do it here.