Going Zero Carbon
when looking at reducing your carbon footprint. We still have time to achieve the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet the 1.5 degree global heating our by lifestyle changes. These are the five key areas that you need to consider.
Walk when you can
Cycle if it suits you for local journeys
Make use of public transport wherever possible, particularly trains.
Use a low emission vehicle if you need to drive
Fly as little as possible
Insulate your house as much as you can
How can you go zero?
The largest human source of carbon emissions is from the combustion of fossil fuels, in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Burning these fuels releases energy which is most commonly turned into heat, electricity or power for transportation.
We each create our own local emissions by cooking, keeping warm (or cool), using our gadgets and household appliances, travelling and eating. But we also help to create emissions when we buy goods produced somewhere else in the world, whether that be China or Scotland!
Whenever we use energy created by the burning of coal, gas or oil we are emitting carbon.
We also need to consider emissions from other sources which we can be indirectly responsible for. For example cattle and sheep create carbon emissions, in the form of methane because of the way they digest their food. That means the greater the demand for red meat and dairy products the greater the associated emissions will be.
Take a look at the way you live and your diet. Then
WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE
Our diet accounts for 30% of our greenhouse gas emissions