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Health experts recommend that we walk at least 10,000 steps each day (around 8 km) to maintain a good health. Give your self a small reward, every time you go for a longer walk. The knowledge that you keep your body healthy can make it easier to decide to not take the car when you are for instance going grocery shopping.

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Use the bike and skip the short car trips

Use your bike for the short distances – it is good for the climate, the economy and your health. For every km you walk or bike instead of using the car you can save 150-200 g CO2. This is worth considering when about 40% of the car rides in Denmark are less than 5 km. If we go back to biking as much as in 1990 we can save the atmosphere for approx. 430 tonnes CO2 per year. The Christiania bikes are ideal for families with children.

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Teach your child how to bike

When you teach your child how to bike you give it a healthy and environmentally friendly habit for life. Every bike ride that replaces a car ride reduces air contamination and builds a strong heart. People who bike regularly are in equal shape to people ten years younger who do not exercise regularly.

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Borrow a bike

If you live in the Inner City in Copenhagen you can borrow a bike for free at bicycleinnovationlab.

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Use the train or bus instead of the car

Take the bus or the train when you go to work or go for a meeting. Or even better: bike or walk!

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Skip domestic flights

Flights can be necessary if you are you travelling far. A return flight from Denmark to Thailand generates 6.2 tonnes CO2 – a third of the average annual emissions of a Danish citizen. Reconsider keeping the holidays domestically instead of going abroad. Or if the holidays are in your region, for instance Europe, consider taking the train or ferry instead of flying. Most domestic flights can be replaced by a train-ride or a videoconference.
Read more about public transportation in Denmark at rejseplanen.
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Compensate for your flights

If you have to fly you can buy indulgence for the CO2 emissions at for instance www.carboneutral.com. Here you pay an amount corresponding to what it will cost to balance out the CO2 emission through solar panels, windmills or tree-planting project in different parts of the world. In this way you can compensate and make your travel ‘CO2-neutral’.

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Fill the car

When you use the car, make sure that all seats are occupied. You can get more inspiration at:

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Reduce the speed

A busy motorist uses much more gasoline and emits significantly more CO2 than one who takes his/her time. A lower speed will lead to lower fuel consumption and a lower climate impact. If you drive environmentally friendly you can save 10-15% of your fuel consumption. If you drive 80 km/h instead of 110 km/h you will be 25% more fuel-efficient.

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Share your car

Instead of owning a car it can be much more environmentally friendly to share a car with friends, neighbours or colleagues. Today there are a number of car sharing initiatives in Denmark:

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Drive energy-efficiently

If you need to drive a car, make sure you are driving energy-efficiently by:

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  • Avoiding idling
  • Removing the roof rack
  • Avoiding unnecessary luggage
  • Being aware of the traffic a
  • Avoiding unnecessary braking
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  • Using the highest possible gear
  • Keeping the engine speed low
  • Letting the engine brake in gear
  • Pressing the accelerator halfway down during acceleration
  • Observing the speed limits
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Use energy-efficient vehicles

Buy a small car that is less environmentally damaging, for instance a hybrid car.  

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The Green Miss Manners is a work-in-progress. Do you have a good advice or practical tip for transition in your everyday life, you are very welcome to share it with us. You can send your advice to the editors, and we will make sure that your advice will be shared with the world.

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Contact person

Thomas L. Sidelmann
Email: thomas@omstilling.nu
Phone no.: +45 29 88 48 55