What is my carbon footprint? Our carbon footprint calculators reveal all
How to reduce my carbon footprint? Start by understanding it. Carbon footprint calculators are a powerful tool in our fight against climate change/disaster. So, what’s the average carbon footprint, per person, per year?
How to make sense of carbon footprint calculator data
A litre of plant milk or water weighs about one kilogramme/kg. Now imagine that weight multiplied by your daily and monthly and yearly numbers. That’s what all your CO2 weighs. When you consider that CO2 is a gas…
A metric tonne is 1,000 kilos, so prepare to be blown away by how we stack up in a year. A kg is 2.2 pounds and an imperial ton is 907kg.
Business carbon footprint
Our comprehensive business carbon footprint calculator brings every contributor together in one place.
Air travel CO2 emissions
Air travel’s carbon footprint is getting a lot of attention. So, how much CO2 do you cause to be emitted when flying?
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Eat less meat, save the planet
We all know that meat, red meat in particular, has a hefty carbon footprint. If you switch a couple of meals a week to a locally-sourced vegan option, how much CO2 can you save? Try our calculator and pass the faux beef! We use the carbon footprint of an average cheeseburger as 4.35kg/CO2 equivalent.
Data Centre – DC – carbon footprint calculator
Data Centres are becoming increasingly essential for our connected lives. DC power consumption depends on many variables, so we’re showing what their minimum carbon footprint could be, based on the average electricity fuel mix, in Ireland, and globally. DC operations mean that they could consume up to 1.6 times the power of their nominal value, measured in megawatt hours of electricity used (MWh), so the carbon footprint could be up to 1.6 times the calculations below!
Some DCs operate on 100% renewable electricity, so have a vastly reduced operational carbon footprint. Even better, they pipe their waste heat into local community heating schemes!
Ireland’s electricity generation fuel mix is heavily dependent on fossil fuels (gas accounted for 57% of energy inputs to electricity generation in 2020, coal and peat accounted for 9%, and oil 2.4%). The fuel mix is key to the footprint.
The contribution of each energy source to C02 emissions is as follows:
- 0.986 t CO2 eq/MWh for coal-fired plants
- 0.777 t CO2 eq /MWh for oil-fired plants
- 0.486 t CO2 eq /MWh for gas-turbine plants
Did you turn the immersion off?
Immersion water heaters are a constant source of stress, and forgetting to turn off the immersion has triggered many a family conflict. As well as hurting your pocket, leaving the immersion on for too long also has a big impact on your carbon footprint and climate change…
How to cut your immersion emissions:
- Insulate your hot water tank so the water stays warm for longer.
- Check if you have a thermostatic control to automatically turn the heater off when it reaches the desired temperature.
- Set the thermostat for a lower temperature (ensuring that water is heated to a minimum of 50C to kill any bacteria in the tank).
- Use a timer to turn the heater on and off so hot water is ready when you need it. If you have an economy electricity tariff, set your immersion heater to switch on when electricity is cheaper.
Know your footprint! Check this list of all countries with their average, annual CO2 emissions per person
Read our post about how sustainable aviation is achievable
CO2 footprint of a cheeseburger meal calculations, which we used as the basis of our meat CO2 calculator
Read how carbon neutral data centres are achievable
Read about Ireland’s data centre power consumption
eCO2mix – CO2 emissions per MWh of electricity generated in France
SEAI on fuel inputs for electricity generation in Ireland
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