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The car

The average Swiss consumes 1, 200 liters of gasoline per year, that is 2 tons of CO2 emissions.

Use your car as little as possible
Whenever possible walk or bike, this will also benefit your health. Using public transportation allows you to read, relax and get to know other people. Leave the car, save energy and avoid stress.

Driving energy-efficient
If you go a long distance by car, drive in a way that avoids energy.

Car sharing
Make carpooling. Whether you commute or go on a trip, it will be more efficient to share the car, if possible, with two or more people.

The "Mobility" Car
If you need a car ocasionally, renting one is a good idea. Choose the smallest available.
More info at www.mobility.ch

Optimally combine transportation systems
For most travel, the train is ideal.

Purchase a qualified car
At the next car purchase select, if possible, a light and energy-efficient car. Heavier and bigger cars consume more energy during production and maintenance. Such a decision is also good for your wallet, because you will be spending less on gas.
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Air Travel

With airplanes you can travel great distances quickly. Yet, the energy consumption and its respective CO2 emission during medium to long haul flights are enormous. Per hour of flight a person consumes around 30-50 liters of kerosene. Given the great altitude, the climate impact per kg of CO2 emitted is 2 to 5 times stronger than those emitted by car.
More info at: www.myclimate.org/index.php?m=climate&um=policy&uum=kyoto

Trains for short-distance travel
For travelling within a distance radius of up to 700km the train should be favoured. This is mostly just as fast as by plane. Additionally, you are right in the city centre and save the long and unpleasant check-in.

Fly only if absolutely necessary
Weekend and shopping flights to London or Milan are indeed cheap, but environmentally irresponsible. Magnificent discovery trips are also available in Switzerland and in neighbouring countries, available with public transportation that are also affordable.

Myclimate Tickets
If flying is the only alternative, the negative consequences can be compensated through the purchase of a MyClimate offset ticketm The surcharge will go into a climate project.
More info at: www.myclimate.org/kompensation/prinzip.html

Public Transport

The use of public transport is environmentally, socially and personally beneficial.

Train, bus
If possible, always use the train or bus. Where necessary, this can be combined with taxi or a 'Mobility' vehicle.

Travel in low traffic hours
Those who are not obligated to travel at a given time should avoid peak hours when using public transport.

Link living and working spaces
Public transports use energy as well. Ideally, your workplace and your home are close to each other so that commuting can be done by foot or bicycle.


Up to a radius of 5-10 km, the bicycle is unbeatable in every respect. It saves money and the environment. Moreover, cycling is a very effective workout.

Electric bicycle
The less sporty should not resign from cycling. They can instead invest in an electric bicycle.

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