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The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
When you drive a car the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2 depending on its fuel consumption and the length of the journey. When you heat your home with oil, gas or coal then you also generate CO2. Even if your home is heated by electricity the generation of the electrical power will also emit a certain amount of CO2. The production of the food and goods you buy will also emit some quantities of CO2.
Your carbon footprint is the sum of all the carbon emissions which were created by your activities over a given time, usually a year.
The carbon footprint is a very powerful tool in understanding the impact of personal behaviour on global warming. If you want to help the fight against global warming visit Directgov to calculate your carbon footprint and monitor your behaviour.
The Home energy saving tips page will help to get you started in reducing your carbon footprint.
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