Why should I care about transportation emissions?
Gasoline accounts for 65% - 75% of the U.S.? total oil consumption (depending on who you ask), as well as 33% of the U.S.? carbon emissions. Gasoline not only pollutes our atmosphere, it also increases our dependence on foreign oil.
How can I reduce my transportation emissions?
The nice thing about cars is there are so many of them that the small changes by each driver add up very quickly. For example, if each driver drove just 2 miles less per day (think grouping driving trips or parking a mile away from work and getting exercise by walking the rest of the way), it would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road!
Check back soon for our transportation guide.
How do I find out more about the U.S. transportation system?
You're in luck! Lotus Live was interested in knowing a more specific breakdown of how different types of vehicles contribute to gasoline and diesel related carbon emissions as well as the impact that small changes in driving habits really have on carbon emissions. So, we did some research and found that passenger cars and light trucks (vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks) together make up 79.6% of gasoline used and are responsible for 77.3% of transportation related carbon emissions.
Large trucks and combination fuel trucks account for a disproportionately large amount of carbon emissions and gasoline usage they account for only 7.4% of miles traveled but use 19.1% of the gallons of gasoline used and contribute 21.3% of transportation-related carbon emissions.
Each large truck gets 25-38% fewer miles per gallon than a standard sedan and travels over 5 times further per year.
The full analysis is shown here and includes the following categories:
- Gallons of Gasoline Used (Total and Average)
- Total Miles Travelled
- Average Miles Travelled per Vehicle
- CO2 Emissions (Total and Average)
- Carfree Cities by J. H. Crawford
A phenomenal book arguing against auto-centric cities, with a plan for safer, cleaner, people-friendly cities.
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- How to Green Your Car (Treehugger 2006)
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