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Lorraine King

How to ensure your next holiday will be as environmentally-friendly as possible

Going on holiday can easily undo any steps you have taken to live a greener lifestyle.

With the price of package holidays becoming more affordable and low-cost flights costing less than some UK train journeys it has never been easier to get away.

But while the monetary cost has gone down there is still a price being paid - and it's the environment that foots the bill.

The mode of transport you use to go away is one the most important factor when it comes to climate change.

Travelling anywhere, unless you walk or cycle, will result in some sort of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission.

So we have had a look at just how eco-friendly your holiday actually is.

The mode of transport you use to getaway is an important climate change factor (Getty Images/Westend61)

Flying overseas

Flying is notorious for damaging to the climate because aeroplanes produce greenhouse gases from its burning fuel.

The gases are mainly CO2 and they contribute to global warming when released into the air.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), flying contributes to around two per cent of the world's global emissions.

The United Nation's civil aviation body, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), says a single return flight from London to New York produces 0.67 tonnes of CO2 per passenger.

Aeroplanes produce greenhouse gases from its burning fuel (Getty Images)

This is the same as 11 per cent of the average annual emissions for a UK resident.

In addition, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy claims carbon emissions per passenger on long haul flights are around three times higher for business class and four times for first class.

ICAO are calling for new measures to be introduced to reduce the amount of environmental damage from a flight.

These include improving aircraft technology and introducing more sustainable aviation fuels.

Friend of the Earth describe cruise ships as 'floating cities' (Getty Images/EyeEm)

Taking a cruise

According to Friends of the Earth, cruise ships are like 'floating cities' and can dump partially-treated oil and human waste into the ocean.

This they claim can have a severe impact on the environment and there is a cost to our health.

They also say so called "greener cruise ships" are also committing environmental crimes.

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Campaign group Transport & Environment claims cruise ships burn the dirtiest most sulphurous fuel.

According to the Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard an average passenger emits 0.82 tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent on  cruise which is the equivalent of a return air economy flight from London to Tokyo.

They added that cruise ships make up 0.2per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Cruise ships are banned from Venice after locals complained they ruined the skyline.

Camping is one of the most environmentally-friendly ways of holidaying (WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Camping abroad

If you love the great outdoor then you'll be be pleased to know that camping is one of the most environmentally-friendly ways of holidaying.

A lot of camping sites are close to cycling and walking and many pride themselves on being eco-friendly.

They also encourage the conservation of water and by cooking on an open camp fire you will be cutting down on you COS2 emissions.

To cut down even more on your carbon footprint campers are encouraged to take a train to their chosen site if its beyond walking or cycling distance.

Diesel trains are heavy on carbon emissions (Getty Images)

Train travel

Diesel trains are heavy on carbon emissions but because they carry more passengers than an aeroplane they are considered to be a greener mode of transport.

According to the European Environment Agency, rail travel emits a fifth of the CO2 emissions per passenger per mile compared to a flyer.

It claims that by taking the Eurostar to Paris instead of flying you can slash CO2 emissions by as much as 90 per cent.

Holidaying in the UK is greener and supports local tourism (Getty)

Staycation/camping in the UK

Choosing to holiday in the UK is not only greener but is a great way to support local tourism.

If you decided to take a train rather than driver to your chosen destination you'll be reducing your carbon footprint even more.

According to the Vehicle Certification Agency, an average caravan on a 1,000km journey which is towed by a car or similar vehicle, will emit 25per cent less carbon dioxide than a passenger on a flight.

To ensure you keep your CO2 as low as possible you can select a location that has been approved by Green Tourism , an organisation that promotes more greener ways for businesses to operate.

Wherever you choose to holiday  don't forget to use eco-friendly sunscreen.

Some products contain chemicals such oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octisalate, avobenzone and homosalate that are believed to be harmful to coral and marine life.

If your holiday isn't very eco-friendly there are companies that will plant trees to off set your CO2 emissions.

The trees will absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood through photosynthesis.



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