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Greener Driving for Greener Cities - Week 2

Greener Driving for Greener Cities - Week 2

At Greenfleet we believe that we all need to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, not just offset them, to reach the low carbon future our society and planet need to survive. Cars have become a fundamental mode of transport in Australia and most households have at least one. But the convenience of cars means that many greenhouse gas emissions are generated unnecessarily.

The efficiency of the vehicle (a function of design, engine, weight, etc.) and driving style of the driver determine the fuel consumption and the amount of greenhouse gases released per kilometre, so there are plenty of factors that can be changed to reduce the emissions you create.

Every week, for the duration of the Greener Driving for Greener Cities program, we will share a simple tip for you to implement at home and improve your driving style.

Tip of the week - How to avoid and reduce emissions

The ABC of Driving – Acceleration

Accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.   

Drive like Goldilocks. Basically don’t slam your foot down but don’t be too hesitant either. Slow speeds are less efficient so you want to get to a more efficient speed steadily but reasonably quickly.

Don’t pay for what you can’t use. If you can see a red light, standing traffic or a junction approaching then ease of the gas and start coasting. By the time you get there, the blockage may be gone and it’s much more efficient (and quicker) to accelerate from a rolling start (like in Nascar racing), so you’ll overtake all those aggressive drivers who race ahead and then brake to a standstill - they’re just burning money.

Offset the rest

Even if you reduce your emissions significantly, it is unlikely that you will eliminate all sources of greenhouse gases in your life. All greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere are contributing to climate change, this is why we invite you to offset your car’s carbon emissions with Greenfleet’s carbon offsets.


Greenfleet carbon offsets are native reforestation projects that capture carbon from the atmosphere to compensate for the emissions created by your own activities. Find out more here.


About Greener Driving for Greener Cities

Greener Driving for Greener Cities is an innovative fundraising program by Greenfleet.
Using the latest technology, participants are challenged to reduce their car’s carbon emissions by 5% and raise funds to help plant 70,000 native trees along Upper Stony Creek in Melbourne’s west.

Greener Driving for Greener Cities empowers participants to drive more efficiently and take real climate action. Efficient drivers make our roads safer and produce less greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, participants will save money, reduce pollution, and become safer drivers.

Find out more here.

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