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FACTS & FIGURES
What is de ecological impact of driving a classic car? It isn’t easy to formulate a crystal-clear answer to the questions. The answer is impacted by a number of elements.
Usage of classic cars and youngtimers:
A peer-to-peer comparison to a modern vehicle isn’t correct as the usage differs significantly. Owner of classics cars and youngtimers use their vehicle sporadically, during off-peak moments and most of the time on the countryside rather than in an urban area. Based on our query amongst classic car owners, we discovered that the average vehicle was used 1.250 km (roughly 775 miles) per year! An average car is used on average about 15.000 km (or 9.400 miles).
We would like to put the CO2-emmissions produced by classic cars into perspective by comparing them to other transport means used for recreative usage (see graph below). A couple that takes a return flight in business from Brussels to New-York has the same CO2 impact than 17 classic vehicles on a yearly basis. On the airport of Zaventem, 24,8 million passengers take a flight each year. If an average passenger’s emission equals 2000 kg CO2 per flight than we can conclude that the daily air traffic passing through Zaventem has 3 times more emissions than all 125.000 classic vehicles in Belgium on a yearly basis!
Nevertheless, we need to have the ambition to limit the impact of driving a classic car or youngtimer maximally. Through the compensation model we over-compensate every driven mile through reforestation.
Next to CO2, a classic car also produces other noxious elements such as NOx (nitrogen oxides) that pollute the air. Although the limited usage of classic cars we still recommend following actions to limit the overall impact: avoid using a classic car in areas of dense traffic congestion and ensure regular maintenance of the car. Next to this fuel additives can be considered to minimize the emissions.