A study by Hyundai has revealed that a quarter of Brits would buy an electric vehicle to help reduce carbon emissions.
The study of 2,000 people commissioned by Hyundai examined the everyday sustainable habits people will prioritise this year, such as not flying and growing their own veg.
The research also draws attention to heightened awareness of bigger eco-friendly commitments such as driving electric vehicles, as Brits look to cleaner modes of transport in 2022 and beyond.
However, while a quarter of Brits would replace their car with an electric vehicle to help reduce carbon emissions and help the environment, this switch only ranked 17th out of the top 30 intended sustainability habits for the year.
The report also outlined the skepticism still surrounding the electric vehicle market, with one in ten respondents saying people are only switching to EVs simply because they’re ‘trendy’.
Ashley Andrew, managing director Hyundai Motor UK, said: “This research gives increasing hope and shows that more of us are wanting to live sustainably and are prioritising greener new year resolutions for 2022. It also highlights the important role leading brands play in driving the change to support consumer choice.
“People are looking for ways to do their part to combat the climate issue, whether that’s reducing plastic or reusing materials. This is a practice we have also committed to with the Ioniq 5, where even our floor mats are made from recycled fishing nets But it’s just one part of the battle, and we need everyone – from government to businesses and every individual – to do their bit. At Hyundai we are committed to decarbonising road transport as a leading mobility solutions provider.”
Brits’ top 30 intended sustainability habits for 2022:
Recycle as much as possible
Use reusable carrier bags (Canvas, Jute etc.)
Use low energy light bulbs
Walk rather than drive, where possible
Switch off plugs that aren’t in use
Hang washing out rather than use a tumble dryer
Turn off household technology when not in use
Avoid using or buying plastic
Avoid throwing items away into landfill
Use a renewable energy supplier
Reduce use of central heating by wearing jumpers
Buy local products
Have a compost bin
Eat little or no meat
Take public transport instead of driving
Grow own produce
Drive an electric/hybrid vehicle rather than a petrol/diesel
Try to buy second-hand
Try to plant trees
Consciously buy products (food or otherwise) that have less packaging
Have a water butt in the garden
Don’t go on planes at all
Take own reusable cup when visiting coffee shops
Buy sustainable fashion
Use eco cleaning products
Use a metal straw instead of disposable ones
Buy from sustainable brands
Check labels in shops before purchasing anything, to make sure it’s eco friendly
Count ‘food miles’ of foods in supermarkets
Have food shops delivered