Carbon Diary, 11°

I am going to keep a Carbon Diary. Basically record my Carbon Dioxide Emissions (or equiv) so I can start to understand better what my carbon footprint is and hopefully be able to substantially reduce it.

These are the following areas that I am measuring (units in brackets): Car transport (km travelled), Public transport (km travelled); Electricity (kWh used); Food - will be broken up into Fruit&Veg, Meat, Dairy, Eggs, Packaged&Processed ($ spent); Air travel (km travelled); Other Consumables ($ spent).

I am going to research then what ways there are then to calculate the equiv CO2 emissions from my activities.

Its not going to 100% accurate but I figure its a start...

Be very interested in other thoughts on this action...

In Lak'ech

Michelle

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Also I am still thinking about waste....as we compost and recycle, I wasnt sure how to calculate the emissions from the rest...any ideas?

in February 2009

Getting agreement on how to calculating absolute emissions is very difficult, if not impossible because you need to draw the line as to where you stop and makes it hard to make comparisons between vastly different industries and producers.

The best you can do is to figure out an accounting mechanism for yourself and use that as a relative measure rather than an absolute one. That is enough to think about your impact and help you modify your own behavior patterns.

Measuring $ spent is a start but it is often not very accurate. For example, grass fed meat is far less polluting than feedlot raised meat yet is more expensive.

in April 2009

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