Hi @greenman - These are fair points. It’s probably impossible to be able to get all the additional things you do to help the environment and therefore reduce your score in the 11 questions we’ve asked. This tracker should have some use for everyone, as many people have no idea of the impact of choices we make as individuals, and this is a useful tool to show them what the impact of their habits are.
Much more in-depth calculators will still have ‘unavoidable’ emissions though, and even from the great steps you’ve taken to reduce your carbon footprint will still have unavoidable emissions associated with it.
Holidaying in the UK will still produce emissions, and your taxes that go towards paving new roads and building new buildings will still have a carbon footprint which is shared among all of us.
Being vegetarian will still have emissions (although over a tonne less than the average meat eater), as the food needs to be transported to a place accessible to you, will still often need to be packaged, and upkeep of the crops will have associated emissions.
Recycling still has emissions to transport recyclable content to recycling facilities, and then more emissions to re-utilise everything that you’ve recycled.
Water treatment into water that’s safe to drink has unavoidable emissions as well.
The choices you’ve personally made will have had a very significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint compared to the rest of the UK already, but it would be nearly impossible to achieve zero emissions.
Just by playing around with the tracker you can see how much of a difference you’ve made by choosing not to fly, eat meat, and choose a renewable supplier. It’s habits like these that we are hoping to encourage.