Your Carbon Footprint

You can calculate your carbon footprint using our footprint tool (download below). Alternatively you might like to use Resurgence's calculator or WFF's calculator.

Carbon footprints are quite simply a measure of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) over the course of a year. These emissions come from things like burning petrol or diesel in our cars and trucks, using electricity made in coal or gas fired power stations and using gas, oil or coal to heat our buildings.

A carbon footprint can be calculated for almost anything, for example, a country, a building, an organisation, a household or an individual. Calculating a carbon footprint is often the first step in trying to reduce CO2 emissions. By knowing what your baseline is, you are well equipped to plan to reduce it.

The challenge ahead

In order to stabilise CO2 levels in the atmosphere and prevent irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate changes, CO2 levels need to be stabilised at around 1.85 tonnes per person – quite a significant reduction from the UK’s average 10.9 tonnes per person, but certainly something that is within reach.

 

Domestic CO2 emissions make up about 40%, of the UK total. The size of household carbon footprints can be greatly variable however. While the average is about 10 tonnes, the highest emitting households produce 60% more carbon than the lowest. This variation is caused by lifestyle and technology choices. The decisions we make can also influence emissions from transport and industrial activities.

 
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