Car ownership: Drivers were challenged to ditch their vehicles in July to help save the planet

Climate charity Possible is launching a new annual challenge in the hope of encouraging people to reduce their car use. Going Car Free 2022 will launch in July and will work to persuade drivers to leave their car at home for key journeys or even ditch it altogether for the whole month.

The call for wider participation follows a pilot scheme which launched in January earlier this year across Bristol.

Possible supported 10 people to go car-free for the whole month, encouraging them to become more climate-friendly.

Instead of using the car, people are encouraged to use more low-carbon transport or to ditch their cars altogether.

Going Car Free will seek to have a positive impact on the climate while giving participants the freedom to design their experience so that they can always participate, regardless of their circumstances.

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After the trial, all participants reported using their cars less or using sustainable modes for certain journeys, with some even selling their cars.

Between them they also saved 372kg of CO2 with Possible estimating that if 10,000 people participated in the program for an entire month there would be a saving of 549 tonnes of CO2.

This is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by more than 26,000 trees in one year.

The challenge aims to help people reduce their car use, reassess the importance of their car in their lives, and engage them in a car-free journey.

Transport currently accounts for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, something the government has been keen to point out.

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, with a similar ban affecting new hybrid models due to be introduced five years later.

As part of the proposals to reduce carbon emissions and achieve net zero by 2050, the government has also invested heavily in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure.

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy allocates £1.6bn of public funding to electric vehicle charging stations.

In addition to this investment, BP has announced a £1 billion increase in its fast charging stations, with the aim of building hundreds more in the coming years.

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