Online calculator works out your carbon footprintIt's designed to make people think 'greener'

20 June 2007

 

Climate calculator

An online calculator that helps people work out their carbon footprint has been unveiled by the government.

Ministers say the CO2 calculator will help people understand the link between their actions and climate change.

It also suggests different actions people can take in their everyday lives. 

The calculator allows you to work out a carbon footprint from your usage of home energy, appliances and transport.

Personalised plan

You can either choose to calculate your own personal footprint or your household's.

The calculator then develops a personalised action plan for users, with steps they can take to cut their emissions.

Environment Secretary David Miliband said: ‘Around two thirds of people are already taking action to try to limit climate change - but there is a lot of confusion about what people can do and how effective those changes actually are.

‘We want to cut through that confusion. This carbon calculator will help people decide what they can do - and be sure it will make a difference.  Using it, people can work out the impact of their actions and, with the tailored recommendations provided by the calculator, identify the best way to reduce their footprint.'

Trial version

Recent government research revealed that 94 per cent of people in Britain now believe that the world's climate is changing and 57 per cent believe that we are already feeling the impacts of climate change. 

The calculator is a public 'trial' or beta version, and there are plans to develop and improve it using feedback and ideas from users.

Further updates of the calculator will be released over the next few months with the addition of more features to make it easier for people to calculate their carbon footprint.