Greener Flying: Alternatives to Flying (Part 3 of 3)
Rent a Fuel-Efficient Car (Under Certain Conditions)
If you aren't going too far and are traveling with other people, renting a fuel efficient car (or taking yours) can be a greener alternative to flying.
A 2004 Prius burns about 5.3 liters per 100 km on the highway (about 43 MPG US, a conservative estimate since many people easily get more, and the 2010 Prius should do even better), and a modern plane burns about 3.5 liters per 100 passenger kilometer. So how it compares will depend on how many passengers you have. If you drive a Prius with 4 people in it, using the numbers above that's about 1.3 liters per 100 passenger kilometer, or almost 3 times lower than even a modern plane (and that's not counting that the tailpipe emissions of the Prius are cleaner and not emitted at high altitude).
And if you know how to hypermile, you should be able to do better than the EPA MPG numbers.
But if none of this works for you and you really can't avoid flying, we encourage you to have a look at our guide about carbon offsets.
Some people dislike offsets on principle, while others doubt they really work. But we think that if you deal with a reputable company that acts in a transparent way and gets third party certification to prove that they're really doing what they say they are doing, you can do some good. Investing a little money into wind power or reforestation can't hurt.
Go Back to:
- Part 1: Greener Flying: Not All Flights are Created Equal
- Part 2: Greener Flying: Top 20 Most Popular Airline Routes
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