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What else can you do?

Believe it or not, but a lot of different things you do, that seem harmless, actually also produce CO2.

By being informed and knowledgeable of everyday activities that causes the emitting of green-house gases, you can make a significant difference by changing your day-to-day life by just a little bit.

For example:

internet-activity

Did you know?

  • A 1MB e-mail during its average life cycle produces 20g of CO2? This is the same as keeping lit a 60W lamp.

If we take that an average person sends about 20 e-mails per day, then it would mean that in a year, this person will create the same carbon emissions as a car travelling 1000km.

  • A single web search produces 0,8g of CO2? The total can add up to 10g after the search produces five results for the search query.

An average user can make 2.6 web searches per day, this can mean that a total of 9.9kg of CO2 is emitted per year.

  • When browsing the web, an average person would need about 365kWh electricity and 2900 liters of water per year?

This is the equivalent of travelling 1400km by car.

So what can be done?

It is estimated that not sending a simple “thank you” e-mail could save about 16433 tonnes of carbon a year. This is the equivalent to taking 3300 cars off the road (based on UK data).

Also you should think about what attachments you add to your e-mails. The bigger the attachment, the bigger the harm. Consider using a link instead.

See how many newsletter e-mails you get. Do you read all of them? If not, unsubscribe!

Some people have the habit of listening to music from YouTube as background noise and sometimes even fall asleep with video and music streaming. By stopping video from playing on an open browser when you are not watching could help keep your carbon footprint down.

If you like watching videos and streaming content on a mobile device, then switching to WiFi is two times less energy intensive than doing it over mobile network.

transportation

Did you know?

  • Transport accounts for around 1/5 of global CO2 emissions.

You would think that of all the transport, plane travel is the worst culprit.

But, that is wrong.

  • From that 1/5 of global emissions, plane transport accounts for 11,6%.
  • 45% comes from passenger vehicles (cars and busses) and 29,4% comes from trucks carrying goods.

So what can be done?

Firstly, of course, not driving your car as much. Living in the city, a lot of greener ways can be used for commuting.

More and more electric buses are becoming more common (at least in European cities) and one bus can keep a lot of cars out from the streets.

Carpool with friends! There is no point in many vehicles arriving in one place. If possible, use just one car for a group of people to get there!

More tips and tricks to reduce carbon footprint.

  • Consume local and seasonal products (forget strawberries in winter)
  • Bring reusable shopping bags and avoid products with excessive plastic packaging
  • Turn down the heating by 1°, it will already make a difference
  • Unplug your electronic equipment and don’t leave your phone on charge when the battery is already full
  • Stop buying your water in plastic. Get a reusable water bottle and keep it filled and with you at all times. You’ll save money and the environment!
  • Instead of the elevator, take the steps. You will also get some exercise!
  • Switch out all the old lightbulbs for more energy efficient LED bulbs.
  • Limit your use of palm oil. Palm oil contributes to deforestation and, consequently, the habitat loss of several endangered species.