Everyone has a carbon footprint – businesses, communities, even you. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide that’s released into the atmosphere as a result of your lifestyle. Some things that influence the size of your footprint are your diet, how you heat your home, the type of transport you use or how many holidays you go on. The good news is, there are loads of carbon footprint calculators that can help you figure out how big your footprint is and how you can shrink it.
How do I calculate my carbon footprint?
So you want to calculate your carbon footprint? Great news - it’s pretty simple really. All you need to do is calculate your emissions using a carbon calculator.
What factors contribute to carbon footprints?
Everyone’s carbon footprint is different. It'll depend on things like the food you eat, consumption, transportation, and household energy.
What is a carbon credit?
A carbon credit is the permanent removal (or avoidance) of a tonne of CO2e in or from the atmosphere, through changes in land use or energy generation. One of the best ways of doing this is planting trees, as they covert CO2 into solid carbon that is stored in their trunks and roots as they grow. Another great way of avoiding CO2 emissions is to restore peatlands, as these release a load of greenhouse gases when they become degraded.
How can you reduce your carbon footprint?
Here are just some of the ways you can reduce your carbon footprint:
1. Use public transport
2. Reducing your meat consumption
3. Creating less waste
4. Turn down the heat in your home
5. Turn off appliances if you're not using them
6. Re-use and recycle
7. Buy from second-hand shops and only buy what you need
8. Use re-usable bags