Carbon Footprint

Here’s my personal carbon footprint report for August 2017 to August 2018. I aim to update this report in future years.

According to carbonfootprint.com the annual average carbon footprints at the level of individuals are as follows:

Industrial-world:

11 tonnes

Me:

9.6 tonnes

United Kingdom:

7.13 tonnes

Worldwide target is:

2 tonnes

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)
    • waste
    • packaging
    • 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.