Journal article

Fuelling walking and cycling: human powered locomotion is associated with non-negligible greenhouse gas emissions

Anja Mizdrak, Linda J Cobiac, Christine L Cleghorn, Alistair Woodward, Tony Blakely

Scientific Reports | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Reducing motorized transport and increasing active transport (i.e. transport by walking, cycling and other active modes) may reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve health. But, active modes of transport are not zero emitters. We aimed to quantify GHG emissions from food production required to fuel extra physical activity for walking and cycling. We estimate the emissions (in kgCO2e) per kilometre travelled for walking and cycling from energy intake required to compensate for increased energy expenditure, and data on food-related GHG emissions. We assume that persons who shift from passive modes of transport (e.g. driving) have increased energy expenditure that may be compensated w..

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