Driving for Green: Tradable Energy Quotas

And now for the last in our series of posts on analysing your answers from our Driving for Green mini poll:

Would you participate in personal “Tradable Energy Quotas” (http://www.teqs.net/)?

Carbon offsetting or carbon taxes would also give similar results and are maybe less complicated, as Munir quite rightly said in his comment.

I think the fundemental message is, no matter what efforts the automotive industry does to provide eco friendly personal mobility using renewable energy sources, we’ll still have to radically change our life styles. So how can we prepare our selves fairly across all social catergories and countries before it’s too late?

I’m interested to get a few comments on the results. Is there such a high proportion of “no’s” because:

  • You didn’t understand TEQs and got put off?
  • You believe technology will provide solutions so that we can continue living as we do but affect the environment a lot less?
  • You believe that the human race will not budge until environmental disaster looms, so carbon taxs are pointless.
  • You think carbon taxes are too complicated and will never work?

I personally believe that we’ll at least have to live like our parents/grand parents did in the 40’s and 50’s when fuel was 3 times more expensive and food cost 25% relative to income at the time. You took holidays in your own country and your extended family stayed close – sounds quite nice actually…

Sustainably yours,


P.S. In case you missed the poll and the anaysis for Q1, Q2 & Q3, here are the articles:Driving for Green: a mini poll, Driving for Green: Poll answers for Q1 , Driving for Green: Do You Have Range Anxiety? & Driving for Green: Changing car-use habits?

  • personally, i think they are unnecessary. The quotas or taxes are not the way to produce innovation in these areas. And really, if these things are to work they should make getting around and traveling much easier, not keep us confined to our local environments.

  • Your poll was the first time I’d heard of personal TEQ. I answered ‘no’ because I don’t understand what would be their implication on my everyday life. I’d hope if we ever do go down the TEQ path that it would be easy to exercise.

  • Jonathan

    The average European/American/Japanese person has an environmental footprint of between 3-5 earth’s. I.e. we’ll need another 2-4 earths to sustain our current activities without improving energy usage, pollution, etc.

    The world average is 1.3 earths!! This means the rest of the world already has a footprint of less than 1 earth (but they’ll want to catch up soon).

    I do find it difficult to believe that technology alone can help us in the short to medium term, I’m sure one day it will. A day when hopefully the whole world will have access to better health and working conditions.

    But in the mean time, us Westerners and Japanese will have to do more than buy an electric car for our transport, we’ll have to completely rethink our way of life. This is where carbon trading/quotas/taxes come in, they are probably to only way to push people to be truly inventive before it’s too late…

  • It’s difficult to find educated people for this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!