What is your Carbon Footprint actually?
The media nowadays are full of articles and programs on reducing our ‘carbon foot print’. They assume we all know what this is, but what actually is a carbon footprint? It seems quite difficult to reduce something of which we are unsure what it precisely means. Let’s give a brief explanation here.
The way we affect our environment is manifold. We can impact the world in many different ways. By driving, or flying, heating our houses, and even the types of food we eat can make a difference. If you consider all these ways in which we can impact our environment, it is difficult to work out what it is on the whole.
Your own carbon footprint is a no more than a single figure giving you an idea of your impact on carbon change. It is not difficult to calculate carbon footprints. You can also compare and understand.
Global Energy Assessment
The Global Energy Assessment is due to appear soon. This 1900-page long manuscript will serve as the Energy Bible for future generations. During the last six years some 300 scientists along with 200 reviewers from 70 countries have worked together to make an assessment of our energy supplies. The main question was: do we have sufficient energy sources to supply all of us with energy, and what way this should be done. It appears to be possible, if and only if we undertake action as soon as possible to make the necessary changes in our system. The people who use energy nowadays need 2% extra energy yearly. If we are able to use green energy sources such as solar energy we can contribute ourselves. Governments and lareg companies can take care of large infrastructures in order to supply the 1.400.000.000 people with energy who still haven’t got any. If you want to read more, you can see the report via iiasa.ac.at, or read my blog on Hubpages.
Carbon footprint & carbon dioxide
When referring carbon emissions or carbon footprints, we speak about emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). As we know, carbon dioxide is released when carbon-based fuels are burnt. Almost all fossil fuels are carbon-based. To mention but a few: petrol and diesel used for cars, gas, oil and coal that we use in our houses and in power stations, and jet fuel used for aeroplanes. This carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, trapping the heat of the sun and keeping the earth warm. However, if we get too much CO2 in the air, this leads to climate change, otherwise known as ‘global warming’.
There are also other greenhouse gases. Methane, for instance, also contribute to climate change. For countries & organisations these count as part of their emissions of carbon. But for individuals like you and me, the most important carbon emission is CO2: carbon dioxide.
When we are talking about your carbon footprint, we mean the amount of carbon dioxide that is entering the atmosphere because of the fuel and the electricity you are using. This is measured in tonnes of CO2. Our carbon footprint usually is depending on:
- how often you fly
- the appliances and electronics that you use
- what sorts of transport you use on a daily
- how much energy you are using to keep your house warm
Once we know our carbon footprint, it surely helps us to understand our impact on the environment. And – more importantly- find ways to reduce this impact.
Let me give you an example: in 2009 the United Kingdom produced 564 million tonnes of CO2. Around 30% of the 564 million tonnes comes from household energy use! The majority is emitted, as we can understand, by companies and industry. The use of energy in our houses accounts for around 5 tonnes per household, which is exclusive of emissions from transport! If we make our households more energy-efficient, and reduce the energy consumption by transport, we really could make important reductions in our national CO2 emissions! We should not only start saving energy, better is to switch to green energy, such as solar energy.
Want to reduce your carbon footprint?
For people who want to reduce their carbon footprint, there are many ways you could consider. Perhaps you want to consider to insulate your home, to buy more energy-efficient appliances, to switch off electronics at the wall, to walk, cycle or use public transport, and start choosing a holiday closer to home! There are so many possibilities available! Just start. It is not too late yet! Do start using green energy, which does not impact our environment whatsoever. Solar energy is a very good choice. Why not start using solar chargers?
Juice Bar Charger. As Seen On TV 2012 Your Cell Phone Solar Charger Perhaps?
This JuiceBar Pocket Solar Charger immediately generates free and clean energy and contains a powerful, high capacity 2000 mAh battery. This can be charged with USB or by exposing the solar cell to light. The new design has a 33% stronger battery, a two-sided stainless steel case, status indicator light (VERY handy!) and LED flashlight. It is low priced! Juicebar’s built-in USB port allows the use of the cable of your own device (so NO FUSS!). Cutting-edge engineering supports all popular phones as well as handheld games such as Nintendo 3DS and Sony PSP, Tom Toms, MP3 players and much more. JuiceBar is incredibly small and light measuring just 4″ x 2.5″x .5″ and weighing only 4 oz!
Juice Bar Solar Charger
A trend is sweeping swiftly across the country. No, we are not talking about some fruit loaded with vitamin C..! Instead, this Juice Bar is a perfect tool if you want to reduce your carbon footprint!
This sleek re-chargeable solar battery stores enough power to charge most handheld electronics and can charge a typical cell phone several times. The JuiceBar’s internal Li-ion battery can be re-charged via USB connection or via the built-in solar panel. This arrangement gives you maximum flexibility on your travels!
The Juice Bar comes with 4 common connectors for popular mobile phones and portable electronics. If none of the included connectors works with your own device, the Juice Bar’s USB port is ready to accept one of your own existing USB-cables. It also has one very handy device: a LED indicator shows you when it is charging its internal battery and indicates the current power. There is even a built-in flashlight! Click on the image below. Recommended if you want to reduce your carbon footprint!