Trains & planes
The climate impact of flying
Air travel can offer unparalleled speed and global connectivity, but comes with a hefty carbon cost.
According to Flight Free UK aviation is responsible for 7% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Even a short flight can emit hundreds of kilograms of CO2 per passenger.
The aviation industry is making the problem worse by promoting frequent flyer incentives, airport expansion and increasing private jets.
National campaigns are encouraging individuals to explore eco-friendly alternatives to flying.
Possible’s campaign calls for UK flights to be cut by a third to help reduce carbon emissions and reach our climate targets.
Take to the rails instead...
Trains offer a great alternative to flying and driving.
They are more energy-efficient: producing far fewer carbon emissions with each mile travelled.
Train travel in the UK
The UK rail industry is actively working towards more sustainable practices.
Transport for Wales is investing in energy-efficient technologies and infrastructure upgrades to reduce carbon emissions.
Using train apps to measure carbon savings
When booking tickets, users receive information on the carbon impact and carbon savings of their journeys (see image on the right).
Actions you can take...
Ask your employer to sign up to Climate Perks, a new employee benefit scheme where employers help staff to choose slower, cleaner, travel by giving them paid ‘journey days’ on top of their annual leave entitlement.
Keep up to date with local initiatives that prioritise sustainability. See Shropshire Council’s website.