13 Feb, 12:25
JARI-MATTI LATVALA WON HIS FOURTH RALLY SWEDEN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS TOYOTA CELEBRATED VICTORY JUST TWO RALLIES INTO ITS COMEBACK FOLLOWING A 17-YEAR ABSENCE FROM THE FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP.
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The prime cause of global warming is the build up of CO2 in the atmosphere. Every person and organisation produces CO2 - and the amount is known as a 'carbon footprint'. Because we all produce CO2, it's the responsibility of everyone to try to reduce the amount they produce to help slow global warming. Major sources of CO2 emissions include energy used in the home and that produced by driving and flying.
The CO2 produced by the event has been reduced to 'net zero'.
Event organisers are working on a sustainability programme to reduce what emissions they can internally, through initiatives like car-pooling for officials and marshals, replacing battery-powered torches with wind-up alternatives and putting in place a full recycling plan. The remaining emissions have been 'offset' through The CarbonNeutral Company - they organise for every one tonne of CO2 to be 'neutralised' by one tonne saved somewhere else in the world through a climate friendly project. One 'offsets' the other.
The 2008 Wales Rally GB produced 4,333 metric tonnes of CO2 - mostly through travel to and from the event (CO2 is traded internationally in metric tonnes)
Set up ten years ago, The CarbonNeutral Company is the world's leading carbon offset and climate consulting business, working with over 300 businesses and 60,000+ consumer clients.
We all have a carbon footprint and produce a certain amount of CO2 emissions from the amount of energy we use in the home, the distance we drive and the holidays we take. Even at your desk, you can help reduce the amount of CO2 that is produced. If you are interested in calculating your CO2 emissions then log onto http://www.carbonneutral.com/.
Before you set off on your journey, make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure, as under-inflation makes your engine work harder, decreases the life of your tyres, wastes fuel and increases CO2 emissions. Driving for 100 miles with your tyres at the correct pressure could save 1kg of CO2 - the equivalent to a balloon 1 metre across.
If one of your tyres is even half-a-degree out of position, this can increase fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent. Pop along to your local garage if you feel your wheels are in need of alignment.
Don't over-fill the car with unnecessary baggage as this will increase fuel consumption on your trip to Wales.
You can switch to greener car parts, lights, tyres and batteries. Ask your local garage or retailer for further advice.
Only start your engine when you are ready to go, it is starting from cold that produces the most emissions. And, don't sit in the car with the engine running. If you are stopped for anything over three minutes whilst on the road, turn it off.
When you're on the road, try and keep your speed steady and avoid rapid acceleration to keep fuel consumption to a minimum. Driving at 85mph, besides being illegal, will use up to 25 per cent more in fuel compared to 70mph.
Changing gear slightly earlier reduces revs and therefore saves fuel.
Where possible share your journey, if you know of friends who are travelling to Wales Rally GB then why not share a car. This will reduce CO2 emissions and also save you money on fuel.