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Here are a few tips to help reduce your Eco Footprint by using cleaner transport. Let us know what you do to help the environment!

Don't drive when there is an alternative! Walk, bike, or take public transport whenever possible. If you don't own and drive a car, on average you can reduce your total ecological footprint by as much as 20 per cent.

Using it less will reduce your footprint, helps to avoid traffic jam and keeps your cities air cleaner.

A 2011 study carried out by the European Cycling Federation compared carbon emissions from a bicycle (including manufacturing) to cars and found that for every passenger kilometre travelled by bike, 21 grams of carbon were released as opposed to 271 grams for someone riding or driving in a car and 101 grams for people taking the bus.

If you need a car, make it a small as possible one and reduce the mileage. Smaller, and mainly smaller-engine cars are usually much more energy efficient than larger ones.

Check your car regularly. Have your vehicle serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating at peak efficiency. Check your car's air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximise gas mileage. If you sit idle for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine (except in traffic).

Avoid short airplane trips - take a bus or train instead. Flights cause a large and growing part of our collective footprint - it has two to four times the impact of CO2 emissions on climate change because it releases water vapour and nitrous oxide at high altitude.

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