carbon footprint calculator

What’s your Carbon Footprint?

Wondering how much carbon you’re generating? Try these calculators to find out more. All these calculators use figures calculated on actual CO2 emissions divided by the population as the base and then by putting in actual spend/usage/lifestyle choices.

The figure is raised or lowered to reflect more accurately your personal/household score. How these adjustments are made will mean that you’re unlikely to have the same score by inputting the same figures into each calculator, but they shouldn’t be wildly different. By repeating your carbon calculations every 6 months you should be able to track your progress towards zero carbon.

Footprint Calculator

 This calculates an ecological footprint, telling you how many Earth’s resources would be needed if everyone lived as you do. It measures your CO2 and the amount of land required to produce the products you consume and to absorb the CO2 you’ve emitted. It’s a USA-based organisation but takes data from UN data sets and is a useful resource because all countries of the world can be compared.

Carbon Independent

An independent site run by a scientific researcher Ian Campbell, who is UK based. The calculator is very easy to use and can be filled in with bands or with actual figures from bills etc. The calculator builds in average embedded carbon based on your consumption.

Zero Giki Earth 

A very easy to use calculator where people are encouraged to enter actual figures wherever possible and answer questions to increase the accuracy of the scoring. There’s also an app that lets you scan bar codes on products to get a breakdown of the carbon embedded in the product.

Carbon Savvy

Not-for-profit Carbon Savvy emphasises the link to increased wealth, health and wellbeing that reducing your carbon footprint brings. It’s a comprehensive tool with lots of carbon saving tips.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

 This is a UK based company that primarily advises businesses on how to be carbon neutral. It has free carbon calculators for individuals and  businesses, as well as a plastic calculator and tips on reducing single-use plastic.

Impact Tool

 Data is available down to Parish Council level. Compare your individual score with that of your local area and see which activities score the highest to prioritise what to tackle first.

 WWF Calculator

This handy questionnaire and carbon footprint calculator from the World Wildlife Fund is very easy and quick to use.