We all know that climate change is still a big question mark with a lot of unknowns. However, what we really know is that action on a global scale is needed in order to cut down hazardous emissions and make a positive impact on the environment.

If you are new to cars and carbon footprint (CO2) emissions, it is basically the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from each car. This is the gas emitted by cars which adds up as one of the causes of global warming. Around 1.6 tonnes, or 23% of the total CO2 emissions globally, are linked to transportation.

In general, the lighter a car is, the less energy it needs to run. Regardless of the type of model, the carbon footprint of a car is never zero (not even in the case of electric cars). Many countries have started with plans to ban diesel and petrol cars, and the reason for that is specifically the amount of CO2 emissions they produce.

  • Hybrid cars, for instance, use an electric motor and a combustion engine (diesel or petrol), with which they adapt to the use of the vehicle and avoid excessive fuel consumption. They emit less CO2 compared to diesel and petrol cars.
  • Petrol and diesel cars are known to be big contributors to CO2 emissions, and the average level per vehicle is around 4 tonnes per year. The impact of these emissions is important.

So, how can you help and reduce your CO2 emissions?

1.Choosing and taking care of your vehicle

First of all, you should choose the right vehicle when buying it, optimize its use, and maintain it regularly. By performing regular maintenance, you can make sure it is good for the road – believe it or not, poorly maintained cars can spend more fuel and therefore emit 10% to 20% more CO2 gases.

2.Understanding the main contributors to CO2 emissions

By using better fuel, adding cleaning agent to your fuel tank, changing your oil and air filters regularly, turning off your air conditioning when you can, not sitting with the engine running and driving with consideration, you can significantly reduce your car’s carbon footprint.

3.Green cars as the future

The development of electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel certainly helps with the globally projected CO2 in the near future. A vehicle with an electric motor powered by electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell is something we all hope to see in the future – but also a project that is still in the experimentation phase. Until then, greener biofuels seem like the best choice and a practical decision you can make towards less CO2 emissions.

If you want to do something about your CO2 emissions, the first choice would be simply to drive less. However, if you cannot do that, you should make sure that you get your car serviced and maintained regularly.

Want to book your auto service appointment at Stop&Go? Visit this link or call us at 800-STOP.GO.