Published on 09/02/2020
According to our data, every year an average SME business will use 44,000kWh of gas and, according to Ofgem, an average household will use 12,000kWh of gas. With every kWh of gas creating 0.18kg of CO2, this means that an average business’ gas usage will produce 8 tonnes of carbon and the average household will have a carbon footprint of around 2 tonnes of carbon.
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Nowadays, reducing our carbon footprint is high on the agenda. According to Scientists for Global Responsibility, an average Briton’s carbon footprint is around 9.1 tonnes.
Everything we do, everything we buy and everything we use produce greenhouse gas. There are direct and indirect carbon emissions that we all are accountable for. The clothes we wear, the food we buy, the medication we take. Absolutely everything will have some sort of carbon footprint.
But what does it actually mean?
A one-way trip from London Heathrow airport to New York JFK airport in economy class would produce 0.9 tonnes of carbon. However, the same flight in business class would produce 1.7 tonnes of carbon and a flight in first-class would produce 2.7 tonnes of carbon.
A car in the UK produces 2.25 tonnes of carbon every year, based on an average car travelling 7,900 miles per year. If you would like to learn the carbon footprint of your car.
The same distance by train would produce a carbon footprint of 0.8 tonnes.
And by bus, the same distance would create a carbon footprint of 1.1 tonnes.
The food we eat has a big impact on the carbon we create. The values below show how many kilos of CO2 are generated by the production of 1kg of each type of food:
o Lamb – 39.2kg CO2
o Beef – 27.0kg of CO2
o Cheese – 13.5kg of CO2
o Pork – 12.1kg of CO2
o Turkey – 10.9kg CO2
o Chicken – 6.9kg CO2
o Eggs – 4.8kg CO2
o Potatoes – 2.9kg CO2
o Rice – 2.7kg CO2
o Vegetables – 2.0kg CO2
o Beans / Tofu – 2.0kg CO2
o Milk – 1.9kg CO2
o Fruit – 1.1kg CO2
o Lentils – 0.9kg CO2
Watching a half-hour show on Netflix produces 1.6kg of co2. It is estimated that an average person watches 71 minutes a day watching Netflix. If the average person watches Netflix for 71 minutes every day, it will produce 1.4 tonnes of co2 a year.
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