Clean Air Day: 20 June 2019
- Almost three in five Brits (57%) are concerned about pollution levels in their local area; almost nine in ten (87%) consciously make efforts to reduce their environmental impact
- 37% of Brits still drive themselves to work, despite obvious environmental impacts; 22% said this is because it’s ‘quicker and convenient’
- Brits turn first to recycling (42%), followed by reducing electricity (12%) and heating (9%) use, rather than considering how they travel to work
Almost three in five (57%) Brits are concerned about levels of pollution in their local area and almost nine in ten (87%) are consciously making an effort to change their environmental impact. However, almost four in ten (37%) still drive themselves to work, new research from First Bus has found.
The research has also revealed that, despite knowing that public transport has a smaller environmental impact, 22% of Brits still drive as it’s both quicker and convenient.
When attempting to reduce their environmental impact, Brits first turn to recycling (42%), followed by reducing the amount of electricity (12%) and heating (9%) they use in the house.
However, few Brits change their commuting habits with the UK driving an average 116 million miles a day to and from work on their own. Even though this contributes heavily to the pollution problem, only 8% would first consider using public transport while even fewer (6%) would car share.
Meanwhile, Britain faces its main pollution peak between the hours of 6pm and 8pm as over a third (34%) will eat meat, a quarter (25%) will use a microwave, and watch the TV (25%). In those two hours, more activities that produce pollution are undertaken by the country than from 10pm, all through the night to 6am.
First Bus, who commissioned the research, is currently in the process of tackling the vital pollution problem by completing several innovative projects involving trialing biogas, electric, and hydrogen buses whilst also upgrading older vehicles with cleaner engines across their fleet of over 5,800 buses.
They are currently in the process of retrofitting 441 exhausts across the UK while continuing to bid for more funding to extend this further. These upgraded vehicles will have ‘Euro 6 standard vehicle emissions’ which almost entirely removes Nitrogen Dioxide emissions.
Once complete, almost a third (29%) of their entire fleet will have the ‘Euro 6’ rating, helping to improve local air quality.