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Where does my carbon footprint come from?

Our breakdown of where your carbon footprint comes from is based on analysis carried out by the Carbon Trust for OVO Group (2019). It showed that 26% of an average person's carbon footprint in the UK comes from energy. In this analysis, the carbon footprint includes the following lifestyle categories: energy, transport, shopping, food and drink and holidays. See table below for each category. This excludes emissions from things that the average person cannot directly control such as supporting the NHS, defence, government bodies, etc.


Lifestyle area

Total UK average individual carbon emissions (kgCO2e/year)

Contribution to total (%)

Energy 1,707 26%
Transport 2,181 33%
Food and Drink 981 15%
Shopping 1,056 16%
Holiday 658 10%
Total 6,583 100%


And there you have it! Want to learn more about the climate crisis, and what we can do to fight it? Head this way

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