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I care a lot about the planet, but there are some journeys I cannot practically make without using a car.
Sadly I can't afford to buy a brand new electric car (and keeping my current car is probably better for the environment anyway?)

So, I've just paid to offset my car based carbon using carbonfootprint.com

It's not perfect, but it's something.

My home electricity is 100% renewable and green thanks to octopus.energy

Today I have changed my gas tariff to carbon offset my gas usage too.

@M0YNG

If you cannot replace it, simply keep your car. I am fortunate enough to not need one so a few years ago I decided to no longer own one. But not everyone can make every journey with busses and trains. But electric cars will become cheaper as adoption rates increase, so in a few years you can probably afford one. :)

@DC7IA that's my thinking too.

It's done 199k miles so far, and averages around 56mpg (over the last 2k miles) so I can't see that scrapping it (which it would be) and building a new car is better for the environment than driving it for maximum efficiency.

@M0YNG

I've got no idea what 56 mpg are, but it surely can be improved by using trains when possible. Even if it is rarely and the nice thing is you can do what you like while travelling. :)

@M0YNG This is an interesting one. If you take gas out of the ground and burn it, you create CO2. How can changing the price stop this? Renewable sources for electricity makes perfect sense. Wind/solar/waves etc can create v.v.v.low CO2 power.
We use very little gas here, a little for cooking, our range has gas hobs, and heating during the winter.

@g0lfp the small extra I pay goes to projects that either absorb the carbon my gas usage generates (e.g. Tree planting) or prevention of other carbon emissions, a common way is by providing or improving the efficiency of cooking equipment in developing economies.

More info on ways it works here
carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffs

I know it's not ideal, but it's better than nothing.

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