24% of the Island's emissions in 2019 were caused by transport, making it our second-largest category after electricity generation. A well-known approach to reducing these emissions is prioritising active travel such as walking and cycling, closely followed by public transport.
Replacing car journeys with public transport can help reduce CO2, so try to leave the car at home for your everyday trips and take a bus instead.
The Isle of Man has a good public transport system that serves the main towns and villages. Facilities for active travel – like cycling routes and bicycle storage – are improving all the time. However, it is acknowledged that private fossil fuel vehicles are important to many people and of particular importance to those in rural areas.
Encouraging people to begin to move away from fossil fuel vehicles and support viable alternatives (as well as putting the necessary bans into place) needs to start as soon as possible. A holistic Transport Strategy is underway to look at the best approach for the Island to reduce the emissions associated with travel, and this will inform the additional targets that will be set in the Climate Change Plan.
Tips for you
Planning your journey
Planning to have a car-free day?
Take a look at the 2021/ 2022 Bus and Rail Timetables and find all the latest bus timetables to go around the Isle of Man.
According to the Climate Change Insights Report 2021, the main reason why people drive rather than taking the bus is because the route is not convenient (42%).
So, if you live somewhere which is not suitable for public transport, why not consider car sharing - it is an easy way to cut the cost of driving. Find out more on the Liftshare website.