According to carbonfootprint.com the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows:
Worldwide target is:
The most significant change I have made to my own footprint (going by the calculator) is in using 100% renewable electricity. (My gas tariff is “frak free”, but it’s a mix of renewable (12%) and fossil-based gas so I reduced my annual estimate by 12%.)
I have 7.6 tonnes to shift
- 2.1 tonnes will gradually shift away as my chosen gas supplier builds more gas mills (and they are). Great! 5.5 tonnes!
- 1 tonne will drop if I stop using restaurants, pubs and hotels. 4.5 tonnes!
I think I can shift another 0.5 tonne with these measures:
- reduce food:
- miles (including with home-grown)
- meat consumption, and
- increase my use of second-hand clothing
- just heat the room I’m in rather than the whole house when I work from home
My realistic minimum?
4 tonnes (one of those goes on interest payments and things I can’t shift!)
For the other 2 tonnes to shift I need top-down solutions. Closed-loop car production. EVs charged by renewable electricity. National-level legislation. I’m committed to working on this but I also need the legislation and infrastructure work done.
My pledge: this coming year I will reduce restaurant and pub use, reduce food carbon, go much easier on the gas, switch back to second-hand clothing.