When is National Carbon Footprint Day?
The world’s first National Carbon Footprint Day is being held on October 2nd 2008. It will then be held every year after this on the same date.
What is National Carbon Footprint Day?
The aim of the day is to encourage people all over the UK to become aware of and to measure their carbon footprints and to take practical steps to reducing their footprints as much as possible in the coming year.
What is the National Carbon Footprint Day Pledge?
The National Carbon Footprint Day Pledge commits you to taking five simple measurements to calculate your energy carbon footprint on October 2nd and to do this every following year.
The five measurements are :
- Electricity meter
- Gas meter (or amount of coal/oil you have used)
- Milometer on your vehicle(s)
- Water meter
- Number of flights you have taken and where you took them to
How do I take the National Carbon Footprint Day Pledge?
Simply go to the Pledge Page on our website and you can register your pledge with us electronically from there. Once you have submitted the pledge and confirmed your email address, you will be allocated your own personal, confidential National Carbon Footprint Day account. Do not forget to keep a record of your user name and password.
How do I record my utility meter readings with you?
Once you have signed up to the National Carbon Footprint Day pledge, you will receive an automatic e-mail on October 2nd (National Carbon Footprint Day) to remind you to take your meter readings. You can then use your unique and confidential National Carbon Footprint Day account to record these figures with us.
Then on the next National Carbon Footprint Day (a year later on October 2nd), you will receive an email reminder asking you to take your meter readings again.
Using these figures you will then be able to easily calculate your energy carbon footprint for the previous year. either by using our own National Carbon Footprint Day calculator or a carbon calculator of your choice. We have provided hotlinks from our calculator page to a range of other carbon footprint calculators, so you can make the choice as to which one you would like to use.
What is the difference between these calculators?
Our calculator concentrates on those carbon and environmental emissions that are easily measureable. It also uses your exact measurements taken from your meter readings.
Other calculators use only guestimates of your energy emissions based on size of house, occupants etc. Others try and calculate your emissions from all your activities e.g. shopping, waste production etc. Others measure your environmental footprint in terms of how many worlds it would take to support your lifestyle, if everyone had the same levels of consumption. National Carbon Footprint Day does not care which one you use, so long as you use one of them and use this to motivate your actions to actually reduce your footprint!
From these figures you will be able to easily calculate your energy carbon footprint. you will be able to use our website to record your home utility meter readings, your car mileage and number of flights taken and by registering with the National Carbon Footprint Day website.
Do I have to wait until National Carbon Footprint Day to measure my footprint?
No. If you already have your utility figures and flights etc for the last year, you can use one of the calculators on our Calculator Page to calculate your footprint. However, by taking our pledge you will have an easy reminder every year to calculate your latest footprint and you will be helping to support our movement.
What can I do to Help?
Firstly, once you have taken the National Carbon Footprint Day pledge, you could email our website details to all your friends, family and work colleagues, encouraging them to take the pledge also. We would also love you to include a hotlink to our site from any blogs or websites you are involved with or tell your Facebook mates about us.
Finally, you could organise an event in your local community, school, workplace or club to highlight National Carbon Footprint Day and to raise awareness of carbon and environmental footprinting and how to reduce it.