Driving for Green: Changing car-use habits?

By Jonathan

So you drive your car to work everyday, once a week you fill the boot/trunk with enough food to sustain your starving teenage children, now and again you take the car and the family on a well earned holiday to the mountains or the seaside – like for all of us the car is an integral part of your life.

But, with China, India and other developing countries wanting a piece of the action there’s going to have to be a lot of give and take.

So,why not lead the change instead of suffering it…

What would make you change your current car-use habits? This is how you answered the survey question number 3:

Offering alternatives really seems to have been the focus of the vast majority of you; i.e. better public transport. In other words, you all want to do your bit to help but today’s alternatives are really not viable…I can relate to that, my trip to work by public transport is bearable but at least there is public transport! This can’t be said for the people who live outside large cities.

So these people will have to turn to flexible car leasing options, i.e. tiny car to go to work in (if you can’t share with another commuter) and a bigger car for family leisure.

And lastly, hike up the price of fuel to “force” change-resistors to change. I don’t really like this, or at least I don’t like it on it’s own. If there are no alternatives we’ll just see businesses fold as they won’t be able to cover their running costs any more. But in fact the price of fuel has never been cheaper than it is today, in 1955 fuel cost 3 times more than it does today relative to earnings. What I’d like to see is the current taxation removed and replaced with a “cleaning-it-all-up-when-it’s-gone” tax, so that this money can be injected into research and actions to clean up the CO2.

Here are some of your additional comments: increase the offer of greener cars and make them affordable, no more fuel for transportation (why burn all those nice molecules…), ecologic company cars.

Sustainably yours,

Jonathan

P.S. In case you missed the poll and the anaysis for Q1 & Q2, here are the articles:Driving for Green: a mini poll, Driving for Green: Poll answers for Q1 & Driving for Green: Do You Have Range Anxiety?




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One response to “Driving for Green: Changing car-use habits?”

  1. Jean-Pierre Théret says:

    We may not change only our car-habit, even if it’s a part of the solution. We may also reduce our need of car: walk for small trip, or use bicycle, or rollers; reduce business trips, use webex or audio/video conference; work at home. Sustainability forces us to change our vision of the world and assess the impact of all our activities; the purpose is that all people of the world may have access to a correct way of life, including food, energy, resources… That causes that the “well-known” developed countries in US and Europe MUST REDUCE their environmental footprint; so we have to reduce our comfort, revise our way to consume more than we need (30% in Europe and 40% of food in US goes to waste), go back to a just use of the resources. As a matter of fact, we have to return to the fundamental of the life in society which is not to consume but to live together in harmony: the human beings are more important than the goods!

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