Low energy recreation

A couple of years ago I met with a development director in the automotive industry who reflected on his own interest for motor sports. “In a way”, he said, “racing cars are the only cars where the fuel consumption is not an issue”. He continued: “When I race my sports car I have already taken the position that this is a hobby that is more important to me than the cost it takes and the environmental load it expose”.

I have often thought about that statement. The same argument can be used for holiday travels to remote resorts and other activities during the vacation. For the once involved, the priority is clear. But, there is always room for a choice. During my vacation I try to chose activities that have low environmental load. In particular by avoiding use of large amounts of energy.

This summer, as most summers, I have been sailing with my family in the archipelago of the Swedish west coast and I have also spent last week walking in the mountains of Helags. The mountains are some 700 km north of Gothenburg and I felt that the joy of walking is worth the cost and time of the drive. By choosing a highly efficient diesel car and by stuffing it full with people and back packs the environmental load was minimised. Possibly I’m biased but for me, using low amounts of energy also brings me more recreation and rest than when I need to hurry to distant resorts to find some peace.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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