Find out more about using public transport to tackle climate change in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
Taking public transport is a great and simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. Much of the UK’s transport emissions comes from car exhausts, so, one less car on the road means less greenhouse gases emitted.
Roughly 46% of carbon on the road comes from journeys that last between 5 and 35 miles. An option to reduce your transport within this mileage range would be to explore the public transport options in your area.
Visit our public transport page to view more information on public transport in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, including operators and timetables.
Remember to travel safely on all public transport:
- observe social distancing rules
- wear a face covering
- remember to wash and/or sanitise your hand before and after touching your face covering
You can view further government coronavirus guidance on the GOV.UK (safer travel) website.
Walking and Cycling
Find out more about walking and cycling to tackle climate change in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
Why should I start walking and cycling more?
Roughly 18% of UK carbon on the road comes from journeys between 0-5 miles. If you often travel between 0 and 5 miles by car, walking and cycling are good alternative options for these short journeys. For example, choose to walk your kids to school or encourage them to cycle instead of giving them a lift.
If you live within 5 miles or so from your work, then try walking or cycling to get to work. Even if initially you only do so a few days a week, ultimately these small actions add up.
Walking and cycling will also improve your general health, in addition to reducing your carbon footprint. Studies have shown that those who regularly walk and cycle on average live longer, healthier lives than those who do not regularly walk or cycle.
Norfolk County Council have some great resources available, with useful ways to get you walking and cycling more: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/campaigns/walking-and-cycling-in-norfolk
Recreational walking and cycling
Find out what measures you can take to help reduce food related carbon emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions come from all aspects of our lives, even from the food we eat. Being conscious of the food you buy can ultimately have an impact on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. The meat we eat, the milk we drink and the exotic and unseasonal fruit and vegetables we import all contribute to increases in global emissions.
Reduce your food waste
It's been estimated that the average UK family will end up spending roughly £470 a year on food which ends up not being eaten. It’s estimated that up to 10 million tonnes of food are wasted in the UK every year. So, one simple way to reduce your emissions is to think a bit more about your weekly shop:
- Plan your meals around the ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates so that you ensure you use your food before it goes bad.
- Consider composting your food waste. You can find more information about composting on our composting page.
View our page on food waste bin collections for more information.
Consider your meat and dairy consumption habits
Meat and dairy production contribute an estimated 14.5% to global greenhouse gas emissions. One way to reduce emissions from your food consumption is to eat a little bit less meat and dairy.
What we eat is personal choice but considering reducing consumption through one or two meat and dairy free days a week can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can also look at buying organic meat and dairy, which are produced thorough a low intensity system and therefore are less intensive in producing emissions.