Transportation is Yukon’s most energy-intensive and carbon-intensive sector. Transportation emissions come from a number of sources including:
- Individuals driving our vehicles
- Heavy trucks moving goods around the territory
As individuals, there are things we can do to help reduce emissions on all three fronts.
Advocate for government policies and infrastructure to support zero-carbon transportation! Examples include:
- Bike lanes and shared-use paths to support cycle-commuting and walking
- Incentives and charging stations for electric vehicles
Try carpooling! Check out Yukon government’s carpooling app, called YukonRideShare: https://www.yukonrideshare.com/Public/Home.aspx
Take public transit! Check out the City of Whitehorse’s transit schedule and trip planner here: https://www.whitehorse.ca/departments/transit/schedules-and-information
Buy an electric car! The Government of Canada offers up to a $5000 rebate on the purchase of an electric vehicle. More information is available here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/innovative-technologies/zero-emission-vehicles.html#wb-auto-36
Try out an electric bike! Electric bikes, or E-bikes, enable a sweat-free commute, even if you live up the hill! They are already becoming the norm in the Netherlands and Belgium, where about half of all bicycles sold are electric! This non-profit organization out of Vermont has some great information to learn more about electric bikes: http://www.vbikesolutions.org/
Buy local! Most of our food in the Yukon comes from thousands of kilometers away in the US, Mexico, or even New Zealand. Locally produced food reduces the emissions associated with transportation. Plus, buying local means you are supporting your neighbour’s business!
Try a Yukon vacation! Maybe a canoe trip or bicycle tour? Flying out of the territory is very carbon intensive, so choosing to take a vacation closer to home is usually a lower-carbon option.
Visit our YES website's TRANSPORTATION page for more information and tips.