Calculate and reduce your car's carbon footprint

Calculating your footprint

How we calculate the carbon footprint of a car journey

First we calculate the distance between your destination and where you started to give us the amount of petrol you need for the journey.

If this is a frequent journey, like a commute, you can add that into the calculator to give you your footprint over a certain time, rather than just one day.

Next we factor in the engine type, petrol type and the size of the car, to get the correct fuel usage estimate.

Finally we suggest the number of trees you could plant over a particular of time to greatly reduce your carbon impact.

First things first

Tips for reducing your car-related emissions

There are lots of ways to travel that don't involve a car! And when you do need to get behind the wheel, a few small changes can make a big difference.

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Rideshare

By carpooling with others you drive less, create fewer emissions and save money.

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Drive less

Use public transport, bike or walk whenever you can.

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Switch to hybrid vehicle

Driving a hybrid vehicle will help you cut emissions and use less fuel.

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Turn off air conditioning

Your vehicle’s air conditioning makes its engine work harder and increases emissions.

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Avoid idle parking

Stopped for more than 10 seconds? Turn off your vehicle’s engine as it wastes fuel.

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Reduce height

Your roof rack, box or bike carrier increases your vehicle’s emissions, so only use them when you have to.

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Go easy on the pedals

Avoid speeding, unnecessary acceleration, and hard braking to save fuel and money. You’ll make your driving style safer too.

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Avoid short journeys

Do you really need to drive? Combine short trips into one journey and look for other ways to travel.

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Use better fuel

Simple way to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions? Premium fuels contain active cleaning agents that remove dirt from your engine.

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Use a cleaning agent

Remove harmful deposits and lower emissions by adding a cleaning agent into your vehicle’s fuel system.

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Work from home

Do you need to be in the office? One way to reduce the commute is to work from home when you can.

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Embrace

Replace driving with cycling wherever you can. Check to see if your town or city has a bike-share programme.

Beyond offsetting

How to earn a clean conscience

Offsetting is such a problematic term. At EcoTree, we aim to help people practically and financially towards a greener future. Individually, we'll never be able to completely offset or remove our footprint on the planet. We can't buy our way out of positive action going forward. But together, we can make a cleaner step in the right direction.

Reducing our carbon footprint is essential in the fight against global warming. We know that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by our activities are partly responsible for climate change. Calculating theCO2 emissions of your car can be interesting. Cars are still the main source ofCO2 emissions for the French. On average, cars produce 0.259 kg ofCO2 per km, which is an average of 2 tonnes ofCO2 per year per person. The emission factor of a diesel engine is higher than that of a petrol engine. However, as diesel cars use less fuel, the GHG output of a diesel car is not higher than that of a petrol car. However, diesel cars do emit fine particles when burning diesel fuel. However, a car running on diesel produces 20% lessCO2 than a car running on petrol. Pollution from electric cars is generated in a different way. An electric car emits much less GHG than a combustion engine car, but 75% of its ecological footprint is due to its manufacturing process. It is the design of the lithium batteries that generates the largest share of CO2 emissions. This is why we are not proposing carbon offsetting for individuals, but to raise awareness of the daily impact of using one's vehicle. The aim is to limit the use of one's own vehicle and to adopt eco-driving when this is the only option. Saving the planet is everyone's business and the result of small daily actions.

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Owning trees in our forests to reduce your footprint

The first thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is reduce emissions. Here's why owning one of our trees should be the next thing...

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We are foresters. Proper, certified, passionate ones! So we don't just plant trees, we nurture forests that provide vital sustainable timber resources.

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EcoTree forests are vital carbon sinks, where trees are sustainably managed to contribute to the fight against climate change over their lifetime.

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Biodiversity is at the heart of our forestry. By becoming a tree owner, you're preserving the forest home of many vital plants and animals.

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The benefits are all yours! It's your tree, so it's your contribution to carbon capture, your biodiversity haven and your profit when the tree is cut.

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