How Can You Calculate Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce It ?

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Generally, carbon footprint calculators are available at a multitude of internet addresses. However these calculators, which are publicly available, mostly aim at the annual carbon footprint of a person or a household. Yearly distances covered by car; number of flights and distances; and energy consumption for heating and electricity of a household are common features of such calculators. In contrast, the footprint calculator for the Olympic Youth Games will focus on more practical everyday activities. And more importantly options will be given on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thus the young sportsmen and –women will be provided with practical tips and will get a better understanding of the environmental impact of their activities.


Presentation of results: The calculator will show the carbon footprint of the user’s activities and display the emission savings in comparison to normal behavior (business as usual). The footprint of the user’s activities could also be compared to an average carbon footprint of a normal resident. As another option a forecast of greenhouse gas emissions for not only one individual but a whole city or country could be given.


The footprint calculator will include a database of country specific data. Thus the user will be able to calculate his personal footprint by using data which apply for the situation in his home country. Also, the results will be compared to the average footprint of his home country.


A day of your life


The carbon footprint will be based on some exemplary activities of a normal day. For some of the activities a preview is given on the actual calculation procedure.


Breakfast in the morning

Transport to school or work

What’s the carbon footprint of different means of transport e.g. car, bus, bicycle? Results for different activities (depending on respective travel distances) such as going to school or to a competition can be calculated.

Car-pooling could be an option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when going by car.



Lunch - your choice of food

What difference does it make whether you choose fresh food or deep-frozen products, whether you buy locally produced food or imported food?


      Some examples:

Fresh meat from the butcher next door or deep-frozen meat from the supermarket?

Vegetables from your garden, from the local market or from imported from abroad?

Do you prefer a fresh apple from the current season or out of season from a refrigerated warehouse?


What emission reductions  could be achieved if you switch to green electricity (solar power, wind etc.)?

Options to reduce the footprint of watching TV are reducing the time spend for watching TV every day (e.g. an additional TV-free day per week) and switching-off the TV set totally instead of running it on stand-by modus (electrical appliances such s TV sets, stereos, monitors and computers still consume electricity when they run on stand-by modus).


Instead of or in addition to watching TV other electrical appliances such as laptops, mobiles or energy saving light bulbs can be examined.


Let’s go shopping

Green products are hip. Do you know the footprint of a normal t-shirt made of conventional cotton? But what about organic grown cotton? You can make a difference. This is the footprint of the same t-shirt but made of organic cotton. And you not only protect our climate you can also save a lot of water, pesticides etc.


 6)    Doing Sports – taking a shower after the training

  • What's the carbon footprint of taking a shower and what difference does it make if you use a solar water heater, gas or electricity to heat the water?
  • And what if you use a water saving shower head?
  • How can you reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of taking a shower?
  • Some practical tips: stop the water flow during soaping yourself; reduce the time for showering by e.g. one minute.
  • Which emission reductions can be achieved by implementing these measures?


Step 1. When taking a shower typically x liters of hot water is used. Using electricity for heating the water result in Y kg of CO2e.

Step 2. However there better ways to heat the water, other options are gas and solar water heaters. Find out which is the best energy source and reduces greenhouse gas emissions most.

Step 3. Here are more options for how to reduce your carbon footprint. Option 1; reducing the time for showering will also reduce the hot water and thus the energy demand. Option 2; install a water saving shower head, depending on the existing installation up to 25 % of water and energy can be saved. Option 3; why not having a cold shower?

Step 4. Overview of results. In comparison to the standard version (step 1) emission reductions from steps 2 and 3 and the different options are displayed.


Going to bed – switch off the lights

The lamp you use at home makes a difference. Indescent light bulbs are still used most often. However CFLs and LEDs, the most up-to-date technology, result in considerable energy savings.



The NEXT STEP NOW ! is to reduce your carbon footprint because it's contributing to global warming evolution with all consequencies we know. Start NOW and save our Planer. You CAN.


You can save our environment and avoid this kind of disaster (see the photo). You can take action from now starting from the little things. You can be this change that you want to see in the world. It begin with you and you have the abilities and capacities to mobilize and involved your peers around you. Together let's make it happen !





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