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A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact of human activities on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of CO2e.
For most of us it is impossible not to have some sort of carbon footprint as we heat our homes, cook our food and use transportation. Not only this but in our consumer society we all tend to have a secondary footprint associated with the lifecycle of the products we use.
Before thinking about offsetting a carbon footprint it first needs to be calculated. Carbon footprints do differ in the way they are calculated depending on what your objectives are. Trees4Scotland, for example, offset a variety of carbon footprints ranging from footprints created by individuals through to commercial vehicle fleets and entire company carbon footprints.
Calculating the Footprint
There are a range of simple to use carbon calculators (like ours) available online. Trees4Scotland’s offset division would also be happy for you to get in touch in regards to helping you calculate your company’s carbon footprint.
The tricky bit can sometimes be collating all the relevant data but once you have it, it is then a simple process to keep monitoring things.
In 2009 the UK produced 564 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Some of this is produced by business and industry – but around 30% comes directly from household energy use.
Whether you are a business or an individual, your carbon footprint is your benchmark and once it has been estimated you can work on the next step – reducing it!