In 2022, we are all talking about being Carbon Neutral, but what does this mean.....
The UK Government estimates the average carbon footprint in the UK as 9.84 tonnes CO2 per person, per year. That's 0.82t per month. 1 footprint = 10.6 tonnes of CO2
The UK Government has a useful guide on measuring your greenhouse gas emissions. This will help you further investigate your CO2 impact.
Each tree sequesters an estimated 0.3t of CO2 over a 25-year growth period.
We have teamed up Ecologi to create a Woodland of Trees...
Why not help us by donating more trees, we will post on our website our monthly reports for you all to see how much carbon we have offsetted.
Other ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint
There are many ways that a carbon footprint can be reduced that require fairly simple changes that can be implemented over time.
Using sustainable transport whenever possible. Walking or riding a bike can completely avoid carbon emissions from driving (although the production of shoes and a bicycle contributes to carbon emissions). Using public transportation can drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, low carbon vehicles are an option available that allow driving but reduce carbon emissions overall. Electric cars emit no carbon dioxide if the electricity they're charged with has no associated carbon emissions.
Drive more efficiently by not speeding and accelerating unnecessarily, as these driving styles can reduce mileage by 33%. Also, avoiding traffic whenever possible is important as idling contributes to CO2 emissions.
Improving home energy efficiency by insulating and sealing it properly. Utilize weather stripping and caulking to ensure windows, doors, and skylights do not have air leaks. In addition, using energy efficient appliances—especially furnaces, air conditioners, and refrigerators, can reduce emissions that contribute to a carbon footprint. Upgrading incandescent light bulbs to fluorescents or LEDs is also a way to reduce emissions, along with setting thermostats to an appropriate level (using a programmable model also helps).
Recycling and composting helps to reduce carbon emissions associated with the "provision of goods", or the extraction of resources, transport, manufacturing, and disposal of goods.
Think about "food miles" by eating locally grown foods. A significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions are produced as a result of producing and transporting food, so the emissions can be reduced by eating food grown close to home.
Reduce beef and dairy intake, especially if it is not locally produced. The production of beef and dairy on large farms produces a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Reduce water usage in the home. This lowers the amount of energy required to pump, treat, and heat water. Conservation along with using water saving shower heads, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines can help here.