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Act on Co2

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The primary ways to Act On Co2 (in our opinion!) are;
  1. Prepare an environmental policy for yourself or your business
  2. Monitor your carbon footprint or energy consumption through energy bills.
  3. Take steps to try to reduce your impact on the environment
  4. Consciously choose to buy products with less packaging and environmental impact
  5. Consciously try to use environmentally friendly businesses encouraging others
  6. Discuss this with family, friends and colleagues and encourage their action

How do you weigh Carbon Dioxide !?

Lets use fuel as an example;
Petrol contains carbon with an atomic mass of 12 units with 1 unit of hydrogen ie. 13 units in total. When it is burned, two units of oxygen are added to each unit of carbon, becoming carbon dioxide. Each oxygen molecule weighs 16 units so therefore, the atomic weight of carbon dioxide is 44 (12+16+16=44). The weight of carbon dioxide produced from fuel, is therefore the weight of fuel, multiplied by 44/13.

One gallon of fuel weighs approx 3kg. This turns into approx 10kg of Carbon Dioxide.
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Here's a calculation:

If a car achieved an average of 35miles per gallon, over 1,000 miles approximately 28.5 gallons would be burned (1,000m/35mpg=28.5g). 28.5gallons of fuel weighs 85.5kg (28.5gx3kg=85.5kg). Therefore 1,000 miles of driving would release about 290kg of carbon dioxide (85.5kgx44/13=290kg). In this example, 1ton of carbon dioxide would be released every 3,500 miles.

How Can I Offset

Between 42 and 50% of a tree is carbon!
There are various ways, at a range of costs. We think the best way to offset a carbon footprint, is to plant trees! Planting trees is a voluntary way of offsetting carbon footprints. The only Verified Carbon Credits are actually emission reduction projects. Trees actually remove carbon already in our atmosphere, and don't produce any in their implementation, unlike most technology which is not sustainable and often doesn't show long term benefits. We need to drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that we produce, and also remove some of what is already there. Try our carbon footprint calculator

Sustainability

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Be careful about some claims!

If the same tree types were planted, they would absorb all the same nutrients from the ground and not survive effectively for long. This is a fundamental error made by some carbon offsetting companies who are just planting trees to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. With a range of tree types benefiting each other, more Co2 is absorbed with less management as they sustainably grow naturally, converting the Co2 in to more natural resources. Read about more benefits of trees A very popular tree type, and good example in demand from local families is the Eucalyptus Tree - multi-purpose, fast growing trees that can survive in harsh conditions and re-grow after cutting. After cutting, the tree grows fastest for the first 3-4 years and therefore absorbs far more carbon from the atmosphere when managed correctly. When used for tele-com and electricity pylons, building homes and huts etc, the carbon is locked in these natural resources.

 

 

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