Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Live Earth Carbon Footprint: 74,500 tons of the gas

Sometimes what we do and what we think we do is not quite the same. John Buckley of Carbon Footprint, an organization that helps companies reduce their carbon dioxide emissions, said Saturday when interviewed to The Washington Post about the Live Earth London event from 3 days ago:

"Live Earth will produce about 74,500 tons of the gas... We would have to plant 100,000 trees to offset the effect of Live Earth". Yet, he also added that "if you can reach 2 billion people and raise awareness, that's pretty fantastic."

I still need to adjust my calculations for our supermini car millage (which we only use to bring Carmel to and from her kindergarden) and our average yearly household power consumption based on previous electricity bills. Yet, I just made a rough calculation of our house carbon footprint, using this handy calculator from carbonfootprint.com - and guess what?

As my wife and I work exclusively from home and are both avid "home fans" we seem to have an extremely low footprint comparing to the average UK household. Based on the estimated data our house has a total primary household CO2 (kg) footprint of 6,454 comparing to and average of 12,034 in UK average household. In case you are interested, this determine your own primary carbon footprint, based on your household fuel bills and your annual travel. For your annual travel you can choose to enter just your own personal travel, or the total travel taken by your full household / family.

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