Are you looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and emissions? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how you can make a difference when it comes to climate change. We hope you find these tips helpful!
Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet today. As we continue to emit carbon into the atmosphere through our daily activities like driving, eating meat, and using electricity, carbon levels in our atmosphere continue to rise. While individual actions may seem small and insignificant when compared to global trends, it is important to remember that every little thing counts.
If you are a business you may be thinking of offsetting your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but on top of this what can you do as a person to shrink your carbon footprint? Go beyond utilising plastic straws, there is a huge number of ways you can decrease your carbon emissions each day, helping fight climate change, as well as educating others to do the same.
Here are some tips:
This is probably the most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint. Petrol and Diesel cars are generally very inefficient, and travelling by train, bus or bicycle is a great way to reduce your carbon usage. Not only will this help reduce your carbon emissions, but it can also be great for your health and the environment. Going without a car for just one year can reduce your emissions by roughly 2.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
It is completely understandable that many people can’t go without a car, but there are ways you can reduce your output while driving. You could spread your carbon emissions with friends or colleagues to share your commute, plan your journeys to avoid congestion, check your revs on older vehicles, and avoid short journeys (plus many more).
You could also look into purchasing an electric car. Lifetime emissions for an EV vehicle are between 66 and 69% lower compared to fossil fuel-powered cars.
Flying is a huge proportion of an individual’s yearly carbon footprint, especially if you are flying regularly for work or on long-haul flights. Many airlines offer the option to offset their flight by investing in carbon reduction schemes, but reducing your carbon footprint directly will have the biggest impact.
There are many other ways to travel across the world without flying, and great websites offering advice. The main go-to alternative is taking a train. This will increase your travel time, but it may reduce your carbon emissions by 91%. The Man in Seat 61 calculated that travelling from London to Paris by Eurostar reduced carbon emissions by 91%.
Eat less meat and dairy
Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing your consumption of meat and dairy can make a big impact. Many consumers are taking the leap toward being vegetarian or vegan, or eating mainly plant-based foods. This has a huge effect on the environment, and according to the Vegetarian Society, eating vegetarian food for a year saves the same amount of carbon emissions as a family taking its car off the orad for 6 months.
If you are going to go meat-free, but don’t want to take the full leap, you can cut down on certain meats. The best meats to cut out are cows and sheep, the animals that produce the most methane being released into the atmosphere.
You can also reduce your footprint through your diet by eating more locally grown produce. Eating produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles will reduce your emissions but only slightly.
Support sustainable fashion
The clothing industry is responsible for a lot of pollution and waste, so make sure to buy from brands that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Fast fashion is very harmful to the planet, releasing 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere.
Purchasing second-hand clothes is a great way to help the environment, and extending the life of clothes results in a reduction of carbon and water from the items.
Save energy at home
There are many ways to save energy in your home, and here are a range of tips to help you reduce your heating and electricity consumption.
- Add seals to your windows and doors to avoid draughts and air escaping from your home or property. This will be the same with floorboards and skirting boards, fill any gaps you can to avoid heat escaping your home.
- In winter, clothes your blinds or curtains to avoid heat escaping.
- Make sure you have efficient insulation in your loft. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to save energy.
- You can reduce your heat loss by up to 50% by installing double glazing, which could cut your heating bill significantly.
- Purchase only A-rated kitchen and electric appliances.
- Turn products that are currently on standby off.
- Instead of using your tumble dryer, if it’s a nice day put your clothes on the washing line outside.
- Unplug your phone charger form the wall when you are not using it, it still uses energy.
- Switch to a renewable electricity supplier.
Educate yourself and others
One of the best things you can do is educate yourself about climate change and what you can do to help. Then, spread the word to others!
Auditel’s Carbon Footprint & Carbon Reduction Consultants
Auditel is a cost, procurement, and carbon solutions company that helps businesses work out accurately their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions, to reach net zero emissions by the UK government’s 2050 target. Starting with us means you could be verified carbon neutral within 12 months, to an internationally recognised standard – BSI PAS 2060. Find out more on our carbon solutions page.