22 Oct 2010

Carbon comparison

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It is interesting to look at figures showing:

  • the CO2 emitted on long and short-haul flights
  • the difference in emissions for different types of transport
  • what else you would have to do to save the carbon emitted on your journey
Trip Km 1 person tonnes CO2 4 people tonnes CO2
London-Auckland 36260.20 4.4345 17.7382

LONG-HAUL FLIGHT:

FLIGHT FROM LONDON TO AUCKLAND SHOWING TONNES OF CO2 EMITTED, Figs from www.carbonresponsible.co.uk

According to www.forumforthefuture.org to save 4.43 tonnes of CO2, day-to-day, you would have to:

  • reduce your car use by over 22,000 km
  • wash at 30 degrees for over 71 years
  • use energy efficient light bulbs for 2767 days
London-Budapest 1 person 4 people
Fly 276-425kg 1104-1700kg
Rail 52-219kg 208-876kg
Car 302-608kg 302-608kg

JOURNEY FROM LONDON TO BUDAPEST SHOWING CARBON EMISSIONS IN KGS FOR FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSPORT.  Figs from www.forumforthefuture.org

Edinburgh-Bristol 1 person 4 people
Fly 114-252kg 456-1008kg
Rail 29-81kg 116-324kg
Car 106-212kg 106-212kg

JOURNEY FROM EDINBURGH TO BRISTOL SHOWING CARBON EMISSIONS IN KGS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSPORT. Figs from www.forumforthefuture.org

Birmingham-Nice 1 person 4 people
Fly 264-584kg 1056-2336kg
Rail 18-37kg 72-148kg
Car 278-558kg 278-558kg

JOURNEY FROM BIRMINGHAM TO NICE SHOWING CARBON EMISSIONS IN KGS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSPORT. Figs from www.forumforthefuture.org

According to  www.forumforthefuture.org to save 584kg (0.58 tonnes) of CO2, day-to-day, you would have to:

  • reduce your car use by 2,800 km
  • wash at 30 degrees for over 9 years
  • use energy efficient light bulbs for 346 days
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