Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What's your carbon footprint?

According to the Government CO2 Calculator, mine is 1.06 tonnes per year (compared to a national average of 4.48 tonnes per year).

6 comments:

An Inconvenient Truth said...

Mine is 3.49 tonnes. I'm surprised that I'm still well below the national average since this includes my business consumption (I work from home) and my partner lives in Germany, so typically will fly there 3 times a year.

In fact, much of my footprint (2 tonnes for the home) is probably down to the age of the house, and lack of cavity wall insulation. But obviously it makes quite a difference using the bike for everyday travel.

miketually said...

I'm going to give it another go at home tonight, with gas and electric bills to hand.

eredux said...

Check out this US Carbon Footprint Map, an interactive United States Carbon Footprint Map, illustrating Greenest States to Cities. This site has all sorts of stats on individual State & City energy consumptions, demographics and much more down to your local US City level...

http://www.eredux.com/states/

miketually said...

I've seen similar stats before. New York looks really green on those stats, but in reality it exports a lot of its energy production, etc to other states so it's actually much worse.

An Inconvenient Truth said...

In fact, I suspect carbon foot-printing requires more local knowledge than these "universal" tools offer.

The draft eco footprint report for Tees Valley cites food consumption as the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in the north east, no doubt due to our wonderfully healthy local diet. And I'm not just talking flatulance!

miketually said...

There's lots it doesn't ask about. For example, once you've put that you don't own a car, it assumes that your family hasn't used one this year.