Next week the Sun Eco Tour
starts in Detmold, home of Weidmüller
, who won the Energy Efficiency Award
in 2007 for saving 775.000kWh electrical power in their production plant every year. Detmold - that's more than 500km north of Munich, where I'm located. So what is the most eco-efficient way to travel to Detmold?
The most efficient way, of course, is riding a bike like the Sun Eco Rider
. But since Martin is riding the Eco Rider
, I have to find an alternative.
Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) offers a neat service
that calculates the energy consumption and CO2 emission for every possible route. They compare going by rail (using their energy mix - Diesel and electricity created in coal, nuclear or hydro power plants), by car and by plane.
So this is my result for the Detmold trip:
24kg CO2 for the train trip, compared to 106kg for the car and 96kg for the plane. OK, that's Factor 4
- decision done - 5hrs, 20min on the train - finally time to read a good book