There is so much we can do to reduce our individual carbon footprint but there is so much information out there sometimes it is hard to know what is really effective.
Let us show you how your footprint stacks up, and which activities produce the most greenhouse gas emissions (GHG or C02-e).
But remember – we still encourage you to do whatever you can. Any reduction is a good reduction, no matter how small!
A return long haul flight for your international holiday can double your annual carbon footprint. Air travel may be a necessity in your life, but whatever you do to reduce it will positively effect your personal emissions. If you can’t avoid it, consider offsetting your flight to reduce the environmental impact.
Drive or Fly? In most cases it is more efficient to take a car full of people rather than fly. Let’s compare a journey of 7500 km – by car it is 0.19 tonnes of C02-e, but flying economy class would produce 0.24 tonnes of C02-e.
Based on the average Australian’s driving habits, your vehicle produces between 3 and 5 tonnes of C02-e every year.
If you have the option, choose to walk, cycle or car pool. If you must use a car, run it as efficiently as possible by ensuring it is fully serviced, maintaining correct tyre pressure and by driving at a constant speed.
Find out more by reading Lower Carbon Driving Tips
Meat lovers can average 3 to 4 tonnes of C02-e emissions per year, where as a vegetarian/vegan diet reduces to an average of 1.5 tonnes per year.Reducing the amount of meat consumed is an easy action for all of us and it can bring many other benefits to our health and the welfare of animals. Buy less and buy responsibly farmed meat.
Heating and cooling our homes is responsible on average for 50% of household energy use, followed by heating and cooling our water, at around 14%.If you want to find out more about energy consumption of appliances in your home read our blog Power Hungry Appliances.