Be More e. On The Daily With These
5 Simple Transport Ideas.


Here’s the thing when it comes to being more e. with your transport, one size doesn’t fit all. But the good news is, there are so many different ways to slowly but surely #kissoilgoodbye and reduce your carbon footprint on the move.

Whether it’s ditching short car trips, hitting the trails with an on the weekend or kick-starting a carpool club (karaoke optional), here are five super easy ways to step up your climate-friendly transport game.

1. Ditch The Car Trips Under 2 Kilometres
Big news: Kiwis take 1 billion short trips each year. If each household swapped two short car trips a week for an alternative mode of transport, like walking or e.transport, we could cut approximately 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. And that’s no small feat—it adds up to about the same amount of carbon dioxide stored by 4800 hectares of pine trees a year.

So how can you get among this one? Why not make your Saturday morning coffee a walking date instead of driving to the café. Invest in a decent backpack and clock up your daily steps for your next supermarket run. Small steps together = big change. Plus, if you’re a Mercury customer you can also earn sweet rewards with your steps —how good!

2. Try e.transport For Fun
If you’re new to the idea of e.transport, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. But here’s the thing, you don’t need to go all-in on buying an electric car from the get-go. Instead, think about ways you can get in on the fun with minimal investment.

It might mean trying your hand at an electric scooter next time you’re popping out for a meeting—you’ll find Lime scooters in the main cities across New Zealand. Or take to the trails one weekend on an electric bike. There are plenty of places to hire an around the country and trust us, you won’t look back once you’ve given it a go. Take it from our friends Greg and Helen who have jumped on the life, and aren’t looking back!

Read more about how Greg and Helen converted their regular old bikes into e.bikes.

3. Offset Your Carbon Emissions (Or Just Fly Less)
If we’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that you don’t actually need to fly as often as you think. Meetings can be done online, virtual parties are now a thing and often your own backyard is the ideal destination for a holiday at home.

But if you do need to take to the sky, consider offsetting your carbon emissions. Lucky for us, most airlines offer this, so it takes minimal effort on our behalf. Air New Zealand’s calculator helps to estimate the emissions of your trip, and the cost to offset these. For example, a one-way trip from Auckland to Queenstown could cost as little as $6.22 to offset, and carbon credits purchased through Air New Zealand go back into helping restore NZ’s native biodiversity. Feel good for the cost of a coffee, it’s that easy.

4. Check Out These e.revolutionaries Doing Awesome Stuff
When it comes to wanting to get involved in e.transport, you’re not alone! E.revolutionaries across the country are making a difference with how they approach getting around in a more climate-friendly way.

Wellington startup FTN Motion are breaking the norm on transport with classic-styled electric motorbikes and mopeds. Esti spent 30 days traveling the length of New Zealand on her first ever trip. And that’s just the beginning. Get inspired by more Kiwis doing awesome stuff with e.transport here.

5. Climate-Friendly Friday Commutes
Although great, catching public transport is not the only way to be more e. with your commute. You can get pretty creative when it comes to cutting carbon emissions from your nine-to-five. You might opt to work from home a few days a week, saving you and the planet both time and energy in traffic. On the flip side, you could walk some of your journey, e.scooter to a transport hub or carpool with colleagues. The main thing is to start small, swapping just one day a week—like a Friday—for a different mode of transport.

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