Tuesday, April 03, 2007

One Brit's Carbon Footprint

Digging a little further into Chris Goodall's book, here is my best shot at a graphical representation of the average Brit's carbon footprint. Some people may surprised at the whacking great contributions from 'food' and 'the workplace' (assumed in my sums to be an office), and how small a carbon contribution you are addressing with your energy efficient light bulb.

Every time you see one of these breakdowns it will be a bit different as it depends on a whole pile of assumptions and decisions on how to allocate different emissions. For example, Goodall's figures include overseas freight for food, but only covers UK industrial emissions - so all those plastic products being made for us in China are deemed to belong to China, and all that whiskey the Scots distill for the US belongs to us...



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