Everyone has a carbon footprint. The size varies with individual and corporate lifestyles. The bigger they are the more carbon emissions are being created.
How big is your carbon footprint?
If we are to avoid runaway climate change we must make the Harrogate District carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce our carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.
On average, we each have a carbon footprint of about 12 tonnes of CO2 in the UK. To give us 60% chance of staying below 1.5 degree of global warming we need to halve this in the next 10 years.
These are the key areas you need to consider.
When you know the carbon cost of you lifestyle you can make changes to reduce it.
There are a number of carbon footprint calculators available to help you work out how big yours is;
World Wildlife Fun (WWF): The most basic of the three systems, it provides a good introduction to the process but does not go into detail.
Climate Stewards: Provides a very practical approach and allows you to look at specific examples.
United Bank of Carbon: The most detailed modelling system of the three, for those who want to know about all aspects of their carbon costs.
When you know how much you can reduce your carbon emissions by you might want to consider a scheme to help offset your residual emissions, such as a tree planting scheme