I always get an e-ticket on my mobile, to save the environment and so on.
But then I thought well, am I really saving trees? I have to give my phone a full charge in order that it doesn't run out just when the conductor asks for my ticket. Which means that it needs electricity and a powerstation is burning some fosil fuels somewhere no doubt.
So that got me wondering, which would be better for the environment, if everyone got e-tickets on their phones. Or everyone got a paper ticket.
We shall assume:
- We don't count manufacture of phone. (We assume we will have one anyway).
- When phone is not used for buying tickets it is not charged up.
- One ticket per day.
- Paper ticket is on A4 paper with ink.
- E-ticket needs a full battery charge for the day.
My intuition is that an e-ticket is worse because to get the energy needed to power a phone a would think it wold require burning many hundreds of paper tickets. Is this intutition correct?