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Carbon
footprint

How big is your carbon footprint?

Our daily behaviour and the choices we make about our lifestyle can affect the environment. How we choose to travel can have a significant effect.

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is a way to understand the impact on the environment of people, products, activities and events. It is measured in kg or tonnes (1000kg) of carbon dioxide gas.

Other gases that are harmful to the environment are converted to a carbon dioxide equivalent amount. Your personal carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, CFCs, etc) produced directly and indirectly by the activities you do in your day-to-day life.

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Activities we have direct or indirect control over carbon footprint