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Carbon dioxide

What is carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is a way to see the impact on the environment of people, products, activities and events. It is measured in tonnes (or kilograms or grams) of carbon dioxide equivalent. Your 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.

A typical carbon footprint for a person in Ireland might look something like this pie chart on the right.

The things we can directly change to reduce our carbon footprint are in green. The things that we have a shared responsibility for but can't directly control e.g. the lights in the local library are in yellow.

Find out what your carbon footprint looks like at: