Emissions from transportation make up around 17% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, and commuting to work is a major contributor to this figure. While individual commutes may seem insignificant, when multiplied by the millions of commuters worldwide, the resulting carbon emissions are substantial.
Fortunately, there are plenty of sustainable alternatives to the typical one-person-one-car commute:
It's important to acknowledge that not everyone has the luxury of choosing sustainable transportation options. For many people, factors such as location, income, and accessibility may limit their options for commuting to work. Some people may live in areas with limited access to public transportation, others may have jobs that require them to travel long distances or at odd hours, making carpooling or public transportation unfeasible. Additionally, the cost of sustainable transportation options, such as buying an electric car or even a bike, is prohibitive for some.
Understanding the barriers to sustainable transport is vital in order to create real change. Engaging with employers regarding these challenges can pave the way to policies and initiatives that facilitate safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation options.