How To Live a Low CO2 Life

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How To Live a Low CO2 Life

  1. 1. how to live a low-carbon life Adam Trickett Copyright 2009 Overton Biodiversity Society. This work is distributed under the terms of a creative commons “Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike” licence.
  2. 2. More Links Links and Slides http://www.overton-biodiversity.org/ http://www.iredale.net/ http://www.slideshare.net/ ~❖~ How to Live a Low-carbon Life: The Individual's Guide to Stopping Climate Change by Chris Goodall. Earthscan Publications Ltd, 8 Feb 2007, ISBN 1844074269. 2
  3. 3. Not Talking About  Green house effect  Global warming  Climate Change  Peak oil 3
  4. 4. Or  Nuclear Power  Clean Coal  Carbon Capture  Offsetting 4
  5. 5. I Am Going To Talk About  Personal carbon footprint  Sustainable carbon footprint  How to get from today to tomorrow 5
  6. 6. Carbon Footprint  Estimate of your personal carbon dioxide emissions  Includes other green-house gasses as CO2 equivalents  Can be estimated many different ways 6
  7. 7. Question? What is the average UK carbon footprint per person per year? 7
  8. 8. Answer About 12 tonnes! 8
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  10. 10. What is Sustainable? About 3 tonnes... 10
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  12. 12. A Reduction Of 75% or 9 tonnes 12
  13. 13. more detail The Worst Offenders Source of Pollution Today Tomorrow Food 2.1 0.7 Air Travel 1.8 0.0 Car Travel 1.2 0.9 Space Heating 1.2 0.9 Everything Else 6.2 0.5 Total 12.5 3.0 Typical UK per person, per annum, carbon footprint in tonnes and desired sustainable level. 13
  14. 14. Money = Power = Carbon Dioxide 14
  15. 15. £ = kW h = CO2 15
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  17. 17. Tactics  Free and easy  Cheap and cheerful  Costly and longer term 17
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  20. 20. more detail Cut Out Waste  Only boil water you intend to drink  Only heat rooms you are in  Only buy food you will eat  Turn something off you aren't using  Don't use your car when you can walk  Shower not bath  Wash in less and cooler water  Set your fridge to the correct temperature 20
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  22. 22. Cheap and Cheerful  DIY  Shouldn't cost much  Quick pay back  A bit of planning 22
  23. 23. Roof 25% Windows 10% Walls 35% Draughts 15% 23 Floor 15%
  24. 24. Keeping Energy In  Loft insulation  Wall insulation  Draught exclusion  Pipe and tank lagging 24
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  30. 30. The Rs  Reduce  Rate  Repair  Reuse  Recycle  Responsible 30
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  35. 35. Why? 35
  36. 36. 50% 36 energy prices
  37. 37. reduce 37
  38. 38. reduce 38
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  40. 40. www.1010uk.org 40
  41. 41. Some 10:10 Ideas New boiler if old one is over a 0.3 Better food buying and no waste 0.2 decade old Cavity wall insulation 0.3 No processed foods or ready meals 0.2 More loft insulation and draught 0.2 Vegan three days per week 0.5 proofing Lower thermostat by 1C 0.2 Buy 50% “pre-owned” clothes 0.3 Buy “pre-owned” mobile phone, Get rid of the second car 0.7 0.3 recycle electronic kit Replace your car with a band A or B Keep electrical devices 1 year longer 0.5 0.2 manual diesel than normal Read on-line, from the library, or Learn to ec0-drive 0.2 0.2 second hand Stop flying 1.2 Block junk mail, get electronic billing 0.1 Only one short haul flight per year 0.3 Cycle everywhere 0.3 Largely vegetarian diet of local 0.5 Work from home (saving over train!) 0.1 unprocessed foods 41 Savings in tonnes per annum, based on UK average usage. 10% of 12 tonnes is 1.2 tonnes.
  42. 42. Thank You Any Questions? 42
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  44. 44. back Appendix A www.est.org.uk www.environmentcentre.com www.lowcarbonlife.net www.carboncommentary.com www.1010uk.org www.lovefoodhatewaste.com 44
  45. 45. back Appendix B Source of Pollution Today Tomorrow Other Indirect 4.4 -1.3 Food 2.1 0.7 Air Travel 1.8 0.0 Car Travel 1.2 0.9 Space Heating 1.2 0.9 Other Direct 0.6 0.3 Household Appliances 0.6 0.4 Water Heating 0.3 0.2 Public Transport 0.1 0.1 Home Lighting 0.1 <0.1 Gas Cooking 0.1 <0.1 Total 12.5 3.0 45
  46. 46. back Appendix C  Smart power-strips, one off, all off  Close your curtains when it gets dark  Wash your clothes in cool water, 30C is fine  Compost what you can – it produces less methane that landfill  Choose low packaged goods 46
  47. 47. back 47 www.energytariff.co.uk
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