New Delhi: With the ongoing debate over global warming hotting up, experts suggest that travelling by train is most environment friendly rather than by planes or even cars.
Compared to a single jet aircraft that emits as much as 23 kg of CO2 per 100 km travelled, cars fare relatively better at a little less than 18 kg, and trains outdo them both at under five kilograms of CO2 for the same distance, says Eurail Group comprising of 27 railways and shipping lines, as well as several bonus partners within Europe in a Press Release issued through AsiaNet.
Last year passengers travelled two billion journeys on scheduled airlines worldwide, up four percent over 2005, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization. International Air Transport Association (IATA), predicts another 500 million passengers will take to the skies by 2010, the release said.
Carbon dioxide emissions from cars and planes play a huge role in air pollution and global warming. A report by the US General Accounting Office earlier this year affirmed their contribution to climate change and warned that emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases will increase as commercial jet travel continues to grow worldwide, it said.
Ian Byrne, Deputy Director, National Energy Foundation,UK, says, “If you are concerned about contributing to global climate change remember that rail is always a better option than flying. The carbon dioxide emissions from a return economy flight from Paris to Berlin, for example, would allow a rail user to go from Paris to Berlin, then on to Vienna, Venice, Rome and back to Paris - with enough left over for two return trips from Paris to Amsterdam.”