Launched in 2007, Travelfootprint was commissioned by the Clear Zones Partnership (which includes Camden Council, the City of Westminster and the City of London) and was funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The web-based tool was designed and maintained by Ecolane Consultancy.
The Travelfootprint tool was designed for use by the general public, business users and policy makers to compare the life cycle environmental impacts of the main methods of passenger travel in the UK. The tool also allowed detailed comparison of new and used vehicles (since 2001) that could be searched according to manufacturer, model and fuel/engine type.
Travelfootprint was based on a previous research project, the Life Cycle Assessment of Vehicle Fuels and Technologies (2006), co-funded by TfL and Defra. The original LCA study, also conducted by Ecolane on behalf of the Clear Zones Partnership and the London Borough of Camden, focused on assessing the environmental impacts of passenger cars and light-duty vans in the UK.