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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Carbon footprint

Okay, so this is essentially an ad for buying BP's "green energy", and I have no idea about how green their energy really is. And the level of granularity doesn't (it surely matters how big your house is?)

Nonetheless, it's a pretty cool Java applet, and may motivate you to insulate your doors and windows. Who knows? We could make it a meme: post your carbon score...

My CO2 footprint is: 19 tons

What's yours?

Eh? meme? Anyone?

Nineteen tons apparently is just exactly the US average. Startlingly, given how often I congratulate myself on all that riding on the Metro.

We have one car that we don't drive that much, and turn off lights and all that; but it's those long-haul flights to Switzerland that get us.

Posted by benrosen at December 7, 2005 03:47 PM | Up to blog

17 tons. Hah.

Posted by: tobias Buckell at December 7, 2005 05:05 PM

Bruce Sterling says they're cool. (But maybe that's just compared to ExxonMobil.)

Posted by: David Moles at December 7, 2005 11:32 PM

unfortunately, swiss people can't participate :-(

so here's the swiss/non-BP variant: www.footprint.ch

if everyone acted like me, we'd need 1.7 planets to cover all energy needs (average: swiss 2.6, american 5.8)


Posted by: rahel luethy at December 8, 2005 03:40 AM

Ho HO!

11 tons! In your FACE, Rosenbaum!

We actually spent a lot of time and money weatherproofing our house this year, tho. Also, between our 4-cylinder SUV and our 35 MPG Focus, we're doing pretty well in the mileage department. Although that said, if there were a place for miles driven/day, I'm sure my carbon score would have been higher.


Posted by: matthulan at December 8, 2005 09:40 AM

Oops. There WAS a place for miles...

25 tons... I suck...

I'm officially out of your face, Ben.

Posted by: matthulan at December 8, 2005 09:43 AM

15 tonnes... it's nice to be able to walk to work. One of my mental blocks towards moving to somewhere less expensive (which is pretty much anywhere besides NYC, I guess) is that I know I'd have to give that up.

Posted by: Dan Percival at December 8, 2005 12:00 PM

Hmm, I got 2.6 Earths on the Swiss quiz.

So I'm average for the US on one quiz, less than half that on the other -- which gives some sense of the margin of error. :-(

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at December 8, 2005 12:22 PM

12 tons here... I live by myself in a detached, so using 100% renewable electricity is my one saving grace. (My electricity program also builds salmon ladders, but no credit for that in this quiz).

Posted by: Ethan at December 8, 2005 01:20 PM

I took the quiz twice: once for two people in the house, once for just myself, but with the same values plugged in. It gave me the same number both times (22 tons) -- so I think multiple-person households get to split their outputs. Which means I get to claim 11 tons for myself, and you get to claim, what, 5 tons?

Damn, now I'm going to be late getting back to work because I just *had* to know my C02 output....

Posted by: Jackie M. at December 14, 2005 02:43 PM

I got 13 tons, but there was a lot of vagueness/approximation in my answers. An Australian Carbon Neutral Calculator puts me at more like 25, but I think I misunderstood their air-travel system.

I've been trying to learn more about carbon offsets; something about the idea bugs me, but I haven't quite been able to articulate what. Do you know much about it?


Posted by: Jed at December 15, 2005 05:04 PM

10 tonnes here, which apparently is greater than the UK average of 10 tonnes. Hm.

Posted by: Patrick Samphire at December 19, 2005 09:49 AM
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