Did you know that riding with your foot on the brake pedal will not only wear out brake pads (which will cost) but can also increase fuel consumption by as much as 35%. The average cost savings of not doing this is approx. 13 cent per litre.
Noise, smelly fumes, frustrating traffic jams, road works and stress - just your average car journey. But there is more at stake than uncomfortable travelling: transport is responsible for a lot of serious air pollution - small particles emitted by vehicles using petrol or diesel are linked to asthma, and nitrogen oxides cause respiratory diseases and can produce smog at ground level. Further, and more alarming, the most recent comprehensive data on the residential transport sector in Ireland is found in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s 2014 report on Energy in Transport. The key information gleaned from this report showed that the transport sector in Ireland had the largest energy demand and was the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions.
Specifically, the transport sector was responsible for 12.6m tonnes CO2 emissions in 2013, which was of 35% of the country’s total energy related CO2 emissions, the largest for any sector (SEAI, 2014). Huge increases are observed in the overall trends between 1990 and 2013; which saw a 112% increase in final energy consumption and an increase of 108% in CO2 emissions (SEAI, 2014).
We are becoming increasingly car-dependent with car numbers increasing accordingly. Private vehicles make up 78% of the total vehicle use in Ireland contributed 43% of the total transport related CO2 emissions in 2013. Indeed, there were 1.91 million private cars in Ireland in 2013, which was an increase of 140% from 1990 (SEAI, 2014). Also, on average Irish households has among the highest annual mileage in Europe. The average annual mileage of private cars in 2013 was 23,700 km for diesel and 14,700 km for petrol cars, with minor variation since 2000.
Data collected in 2013 revealed that transport was almost 99% dependent on imported oil products, with an associated cost of €3.5billion – which equates to over half of all imported fuel costs into Ireland (SEAI, 2014).