Carbon Footprint

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 2030 and reduce our carbon emissions by 10% each year over the next decade.


On average, we each have a carbon footprint of about 10 tonnes of CO2 in the UK. To give us a 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.

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When you know the carbon cost of your 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 Fund (WWF): The most basic of the four systems, it provides a good introduction to the process but does not go into detail.

  • Pawprint: Provides tips, advice and challenges, to hep reduce your carbon footprint once you know what it is.

  • 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.

Once you have reduced your carbon footprint as much as you can there will probably be some emissions left over that you can't get rid of completely. So, in order to achieve a fully carbon neutral lifestyle you will need to consider offsetting those residual carbon emissions.