Carbon Footprint Challenge 2021

The Carbon Footprint Challenge is led by Cllr Felicity Parnham and has the following goals:

  • Making carbon reduction essential
  • Sharing information
  • Building momentum
  • Collaborating and connecting networks

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Identifying and understanding your carbon footprint is the first step on the carbon reduction journey. 48% of Charlton Kings residents who responded to our survey in Dec'20 told us they were interested in reducing their carbon footprint in 2021. 38% told us that they would consider it. Most informed us that they did not know their carbon footprint. So, we plan to start with asking people to find out what their footprint is and discover some of the ways to crack it.

What is a "Carbon Footprint"?

The dictionary definition of a carbon footprint is "the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation or community."

*Nearly everything you do releases some amount of carbon into the atmosphere, but how much depends on a huge number of factors. This means that you can increase or decrease your carbon footprint with your everyday choices.

For example, the food you buy has a carbon footprint attached to it. This is because it requires machinery and resources to grow, harvest, package and transport it to where you bought it from. Then, more energy is expended when you cook that food, which adds even more to its carbon footprint.

But simply by purchasing local produce, you can reduce your food's carbon footprint. Plus, if you choose to buy organic, then no chemicals will be used in its production reducing resources used further, thus lowering the overall carbon footprint. What you're eating also makes a big difference, as vegetarian and vegan diets have much smaller carbon footprints than consuming meat or other animal products – even going one or two days a week without meat can make a real difference. Finally, using 100% renewable electricity, or green gas, to cook your food can really help to shrink that carbon footprint right down.

It may seem simple, but just taking these considerations into account for every meal can make a huge difference, and if everyone started to apply this thinking to everything they did, the impact could be colossal. *Good Energy 2017

How do I calculate my Carbon Footprint?

You can calculate your carbon footprint by using the calculator that is provided on the World Wildlife Fund's website.

How do I reduce my Carbon Footprint?

*The first step to reducing your carbon footprint is working out what it is now, then you can look at how to shrink it. There are a lot of things that make up your personal carbon footprint, but the main things that you have control of include:

  • Food and drink
  • Your home and energy
  • Transport and travel
  • Things you own

The WWF have put together a really handy carbon footprint calculator to give you a rough idea of where your carbon footprint compares with government targets. Unfortunately, working out your carbon footprint isn't quite as easy as counting calories.

Certain things contribute greatly towards your personal carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, such as if your home uses electricity created by fossil fuels, how often you drive a petrol or diesel car, and whether or not you've been on a flight recently (and how far it went!).

Did you know that by using 100% renewable electricity and our carbon neutral Green Gas you can cut your personal carbon footprint by up to a half. *Good Energy 2017

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