Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?
A few Carbon Footprint Calculators to Explore:
This calculates an ecological footprint, telling you how many Earths resources would be needed if everyone lived as you do. It measures your CO2 and the amount of land that would be required to produce the products you consume and to absorb the CO2 you have emitted. It is 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. There is lots of up to date information on the site. There is also a mobile app version that can be downloaded.
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. There is a lot of information, links and helpful ideas. The calculator builds in average embedded carbon based on your consumption. The methodology and data sources used are explained.
A very easy to use calculator that is available as a mobile app as well as computer version. People are encouraged to enter actual figures wherever possible and answer questions to increase the accuracy of the scoring. There is also an app available that enables the bar codes on products to be scanned on a smart phone to get a breakdown of the carbon embedded in the product, this is run through Impact Score: https://www.impactscore.app/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website&utm_source=giki-sendg
You can plan your journeys and look at all areas of your life with tips and help to reduce your footprint. Very easy to use and the methodology and data sources used are explained.
Not for profit Carbon Savvy emphasises the link to increased wealth, health and well-being that reducing your Carbon Footprint brings. It looks to be comprehensive and has information and carbon saving tips that are emailed if you sign up.
This is a UK based company that primarily advises businesses on how to be carbon neutral. Carbon that can’t be reduced is offset. On the site are free carbon calculators, one for individuals and one for businesses. The Individual’s one is not so easy to use as consumption is measured in annual spending on items. This isn’t always easy to work out. It has a link to 52 weekly helpful tips on reducing carbon. It also has a plastic calculator and tips on reducing single-use plastic.
Data is available down to Parish Council level. Compare your individual score with that of your local area. See which activities score the highest to prioritise what to tackle first.
All of these calculators are using 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 are unlikely to have the same score by imputing the same figures into each calculator, but they should not be wildly different. The main thing is to choose which one appeals to you the most and stick to that one. By repeating your carbon calculations every 6 months you should be able to track your progress towards zero carbon.