How does your carbon footprint add up? Try our calculator

How does your carbon footprint add up? Try our calculator

October 29, 2021

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Ahead of the COP26 summit, Ecotricity boss Dale Vince, 60, is urging people to take his quiz, developed by independent academics at Imperial College London Consultants. Questions on energy usage, transport and dietary habits are used to work out your estimated carbon output.

Dale said you can get your carbon footprint revealed to you within minutes, explaining: “We all have one, and this calculator will show you how that goes up or down depending on the choices you make.”

The Daily Express Green Britain Needs You crusade is encouraging everyone to do their bit for the planet.

A family of five sharing their green lifestyle efforts with the Express found their annual emissions total 6.37 tonnes CO2e a year, half the UK average of 12.7 tonnes. 

But Mandy and Joe Banfield, both 43, and children Amelie, 10, Archie, six, and Ayla, four, were “quite surprised” the score was not lower.

Mandy, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, said: “We don’t think of ourselves as being particularly extravagant.”

Commuting in a petrol vehicle contributes the most to the Banfield’s carbon footprint.

The family is aiming to buy an electric vehicle and they plan to set the thermostat a couple of degrees lower this winter. 

To find out your own carbon footprint here.

Comment by Dale Vince

If you ask me, this environment and climate stuff is too complicated.

We’re bombarded with competing advice, different names for the same things and unfamiliar language.

It can be a bit daunting. And it misses the big picture.

We only need to tackle three things: How we power our homes, how we travel and what we eat.

Most of the carbon each of us is responsible for – 80 percent of it ‑ comes from these areas. That is at the heart of our simple carbon footprint calculator, which we launch today with the Daily Express.

In a few minutes you can get a handle on how much carbon you release each year. It all comes down to the choices we make.

Not that we can all afford electric cars or heat pumps. But our Government could take tax off low-carbon equipment, like insulation and solar panels, so more people can use them.

But some choices don’t need money. Take food, one of the biggest causes of carbon emissions.

It’s not about Food Miles. It’s WHAT you eat that matters. It’s about choosing to eat fewer animals. And that should cost you less.

Choices we make every day ‑ that’s the key.

Dale Vince is founder of Ecotricity

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