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?

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