Cars are the second biggest cause of global warming - but,
for many of us, it is not practical to live without a car.
However, according to a new survey by The Co-operative
Insurance Eden Sexy Green Car Show, it seems that UK drivers
are tackling this problem head on especially women. The
research asked 1,000 UK car-owners their views on their cars,
insurance and travel habits to determine if drivers are taking
steps to reduce their carbon footprints or are carrying on
Encouragingly, almost two-thirds of drivers would buy a car
with a smaller engine to reduce their carbon footprint (59
per cent) - with more women (63 per cent) than men opting
for a greener drive (54 per cent). Over two-thirds (67 per
cent) of motorists aged between 25-34 are more conscious when
it comes to greener driving - with five in ten (51
per cent) of younger motorists under the age of 24 surprisingly
unconcerned about their carbon footprint.
The poll also revealed that the average Briton will fill
up their petrol tank a little less than once a week (43 times
per year), with men using more petrol than women - filling
up 46 times a year, as opposed to 41 times for women. The
young are by far the biggest gas-guzzlers with 16-24 year
olds filling up an average of 70 times a year, which is one-and-a-half
times the national average.
David Neave, Director of General Insurance at The Co-operative
Insurance said - It is encouraging to see that more and more
people are changing their attitudes towards greener driving
and are looking at vehicles with smaller engine sizes in a
bid reduce their carbon footprint. The Co-operative Insurance
is a firm believer that every person male and female - can
make a tiny difference to climate change.
"There is now firm evidence that suggests that motor
vehicle emissions are having a detrimental impact on the environment.
The combination of more greener cars being manufactured
and the wider development of unique eco motor insurance products
like our own, allows drivers to do just that.
In order to encourage even more people to adopt a green
driving ethos, The Co-operative Insurance has teamed-up
with the Eden Project to stage the Sexy Green Car Show. The
aim is to give motorists who want to go green a better
understanding of UK government schemes - such as the new 'fridge-type'
efficiency labels on cars, tax bands on emissions and variable
The Co-operative Insurance Eden Sexy Green Car Show is now
in its second year and 2008 will see more vehicles on display
- testing their green credentials at what is normally a car-free
Among other major manufacturers showing off their latest
low-emission cars will be Citroën, Honda, Peugeot, Saab,
Fiat and Volkswagen.
For more information on visiting this years The Co-operative
Insurance Eden Sexy Green Car Show - which will run from
May 23-31 at the home of the worlds biggest plant Biomes,
Eden, near St Austell in Cornwall - Click
Here - or Tel: +44 (0)1726 811 911.