Travel and transport

In 2018, Our World in Data reported that 45% of emissions from transport came from passenger vehicles on our roads. By switching to alternatives schools, businesses and residents can all make a difference.

Our World in Data - Cars, planes, trains: where do CO2 emissions from transport come from? (opens new window)

What actions can we take?

Driving less

Walking and cycling are zero carbon options, often referred to as active travel. Find out more about active travel (opens new window)

Choosing public transport over cars, or only using a car when essential is another way to reduce carbon emissions. Car Share Coventry & Warwickshire (opens new window)

Switching to electric vehicles (EV)

Where road travel is still needed, electric or hybrid vehicles such as cars, trains or buses can help reduce emissions.

Reducing aviation emissions

Reducing the need to fly can help reduce emissions. For short haul flights, a train journey is often a viable alernative.

Travel projects

For Warwickshire to be ready for the 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, there needs to be a significant switch to electric vehicles and investment in the infrastructure to support them. 

We have secured funding to install 100 twin headed EV charging ports in public places during 2021, with more to follow next year.

We have secured £1 million of funding to install 80 twin-headed electric vehicle charging ports (160 in total) in public places during 2021/22. These will mostly be in off-street car parks managed by the district and borough councils, with some located on the streets in town centres and smaller market towns. Installations are already underway, and the programme will be finished by Autumn 2021.  

You can find locations of public charging points for EV in Warwickshire at Zap-Map. This includes information about each charging point, such as it’s availability, type of charge and any cost.

Zap-Map (opens new window)

If you are thinking about buying an electric vehicle, but aren’t sure where to start, then Go Ultra Low can tell you everything you need to know. It offers impartial advice and guidance on making the switch to electric.

Go Ultra Low (opens new window)

Even more charging points

We know that to meet the charging needs of additional EV, even more charging points will be needed. Even though some residents will install their own private charging points, Warwickshire will still need to install:

  • by 2025 - an additional 968 fast charging (7kw) sockets (484 twin headed charging points) and 291 rapid charging (22kw) sockets (145 twin headed points)
  • by 2030 -  (inclusive of 2025 target) - 2,758 fast charging (7kw) sockets (1379 points) and 532 rapid charging (22kw) sockets (266 points).

Investment brings benefit

Assuming the rollout goes ahead as planned, the benefits are clear. It will: 

  • support more people in choosing to buy an electric vehicle, from less than 1% of the vehicle fleet in 2020, up to 15% in 2025 and 41% in 2030
  • deliver up to a 9.6% CO2, 17% NOx and 36% particulate matter emissions reductions by 2025, rising to 29% CO2, 44% NOx and 61% particulate matter emissions reductions by 2035  
  • deliver an estimated £55 million worth of social benefits from the associated reduction in emissions by 2030.

Safe and Active Travel Programme

The Safe and Active Travel Award is delivered by the WCC Road Safety Education Team and exists to promote the health and environmental benefits of active travel. It aims to reduce the number of car journeys being made to and from school, which in turn will help reduce congestion and parking issues, and encourages more walking, cycling and scooting to and from school.

Schools can achieve Safe and Active Travel Status using the resources available from WCC. We supply intervention activities and support and guide school champions through four levels over the academic year. If your school would like to become involved, please contact us at:

Mini Champions Award

We run an incentive based scheme to encourage children and their parents to use sustainable travel modes for their school journey. It aims to reduce the number of car trips made to and from school, ease pollution and promote healthier lifestyles for children, while reducing their carbon footprint along the way. When they have made 25 sustainable journeys, children are issued with a certificate and a passport. Find out more about Mini Champions (opens new window)

Safe and Active Travel for Residents

We are encouraging all residents to explore active travel options, such as walking and cycling, for all short journeys.  

Car travel over short journeys can represent a large proportion of all our carbon footprints and swapping these car journeys for active travel alternatives is both better for our environment and better for your own health and wellbeing.

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