How high are your emissions?

Hotspots It is helpful to visualise your carbon emissions and bring these quantities back down to earth so that they mean more to each of us. What does one tonne of carbon dioxide emissions look like? One tonne would fill a typical big hot air balloon with a volume of almost 3,000 cubic metres.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) compiles an annual inventory of UK carbon dioxide emissions in order to monitor progress against national and international targets. This is an important undertaking as it enables you to see and track the emissions in your local area over time, consistently and reliably.

The elephant in the room is emissions related to overseas production of the imports consumed locally. We cannot simply offshore our carbon emissions for the obvious reason that we cannot partition the atmosphere above us. These embedded emissions from imports to meet local demands are so big that estimates have also been included for comparison.

We need to address all these hotspots, including embedded emissions.

Your Local Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Based on BEIS “subset dataset” which represents carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local councils. BEIS subset data excludes the following source categories: motorways; EU Emissions Trading System sites; diesel railways; land use, land use change, and forestry. In total, these excluded emissions are equivalent to an additional eighteen percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local councils.

Embedded emissions calculated based on U.K. total imported CO2 emissions from Goods and Services and local population size, assuming equal per capita consumption across all local authority areas. Data source.