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Fuel Panic — a blessing in disguise?

September 27, 2021

Did you know you can reduce your carbon footprint by around 0.5 tonnes* a year if you were to switch just one car trip to a cycling trip! If 10% of the population were to take on the challenge and switch up their travelling behaviour we would save around 4% on lifecycle emissions — all of that from just switching one car trip.

Transport plays a massive part in modern-day living. It makes up for around one-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions; it is fair to say that the way we move around is having a fairly negative impact on the environment.

Interestingly, transportation & fuel have been a hot topic over the past couple of days in the UK. Due to a major lack of drivers, delivery of things like fuel has come to a halt, meaning the demand for the supply isn’t being met, and many people feel forced to panic buy!

First and foremost, what is the truth?

Many people think we have run out of fuel — we haven’t! There isn’t a shortage of diesel or petrol in the UK.

The main problem is transporting fuel from distribution terminals to forecourts as we don’t have the workforce to deliver this in the usual fashion post Brexit.

In order to regulate the supply, many petrol stations have been forced to close. Ms Hopher said this would mean 80% of services levels to 90% of BPs forecourts and that most locations will not be restocked for one & a half days a week.** Motorways are being given priority and will be restocked as usual.

Could this be an awakening for us?

Whilst we recognise that cars play some form of a role in day to day living for some people, we have definitely abused this mode of transport. If you’re capable of moving around, you live in a safe environment & you can walk or cycle — this PSA is for you.

As a world we have become heavily reliant on the technology we have created, our quest for ease may have gone into a kind of ‘overdrive’. However, this situation has allowed us the time to think…

Here are some key questions to ask yourself (the answers could help you cut down on your personal impact)

What do I have locally? (shops, parks etc.)

What other modes of transport are available?

How can I start to introduce more eco-friendly options into my mobility behaviours?

How does this change my way of living moving forward?

Could you adopt a more conscious way of moving around?

Here are some things you can do:

Walk your children to school: The school run is usually quite stressful & there is a lot of running around. Research shows that a more peaceful, well-planned morning is excellent for your mental health & may help you cut down on your carbon footprint. You can plan your mornings out, leave home in good time & walk your children to school. If they get into the pattern of walking, they will appreciate it as a valid form of transportation.

Shop locally: Many people claim to shop at certain places for convenience when real ease may just be a block away. There are so many smaller independent stores that would love your support. Go for a cycle or a walk around your neighbourhood and familiarise yourself with what they have to offer. You could be pleasantly surprised.

Car Share: People don’t do this much anymore, but here is the opportunity to bring it back! We know that sometimes the better options may be to get a car, in situations where you may need to consider your safety or perhaps if you have mobility restrictions. We respect this; we want people to be wise with have they move forward. If you drive, you could share some trips with neighbours, friends, or family — do it! This doesn’t strip away the carbon emissions of driving, but you lower it by moving collectively.

Take a bold step towards change today & don’t forget (downloading Yayzy will give you the insight you need to start with what is right for you!)


** ITV news

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