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# Calculating our Carbon Footprint

Convert kWh electricity to kg CO2
In order to convert electricity consumed in kWh to kg of
carbon dioxide, the energy use should be multiplied by a
conversion factor. This factor changes from year to year, as
the fuel mix consumed in UK power stations changes.
The conversion factors for energy sources are:
Energy Source (kWh)
Electricity
Natural gas
Burning oil (for heating)

Conversion factor (kg CO2 / kWh)
0.523
0.185
0.245

(Taken from DECC’s “Tool for calculation of CO2 emissions from
organisations” available at
http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/indicators/ni185/ni1
85.aspx)
E.g. If 1000 KWh units of electricity was consumed,
then 1000 kWh x 0.523 = 523 kg CO2 was produced.
Log on to the following web link and click on Annex 3 for more detailed
information on Electricity conversion factors and Annex 1 for Natural gas and
Oil conversion factors:

How to make your CO2 savings more meaningful
1000g = 1 kg
1000 kg = 1 tonne
1000,000 g = 1 tonne
Most people can’t imagine what a gramme or kilogramme or tonne of CO2
looks like. So make it more meaningful by explaining it in other ways:

10 grammes of CO2 = 1 party balloon
1 kg of CO2 = 100 party balloons
1 tonne of CO2 = 100,000 party balloons
1 tonne of CO2 is equivalent to 1 hot air balloon measuring 10 m wide
1 tonne of CO2 is equivalent to 6 double decker buses

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