How do I measure my own carbon footprint?

This is certainly a tricky one. A carbon footprint is usually measured as grams, kilograms or tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Your personal carbon emissions can be influenced by any number of things which you do every day, such as:

  • How much gas or electricity you use
  • How well insulated your home is
  • How often you drive and what type of car you own
  • How much water you use
  • If you take overseas holidays
  • How much meat you eat
  • If you buy locally produced goods and services
  • How much you recycle

It is possible to find online calculators which will give you some measure of your carbon footprint. They are certainly a good place to start. They will calculate how much you use based on averages for the type of lifestyle you lead and will use some of the questions posed above.

Businesses are able to be much more precise about how they calculate their carbon footprint, although they may need to employ an expert to help them work it out.

They are able to take into account their yearly mileage, the types of vehicles they have, how they package their products, the number of employees they have and the energy they use and a number of other factors. For businesses it is quite possible and even economically advantageous to reduce their carbon footprint if they know what it is.

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