Climate action you can take
Calculating your carbon footprint
Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community. Once you are aware of your carbon footprint you are able to more easily see which areas of your lifestyle you could change or improve to lower your personal carbon footprint.
You can calculate your personal carbon footprint using one of these free online calculators:
- for a quick estimate of your footprint or an accurate calculation of your footprint over a 12 month period (you will need your latest bills) use Carbon Independent
- Carbon Footprint uses calculations based on annual emissions over 12 months (you may need your latest bills for some calculations)
- a simple, easy test to estimate your carbon footprint from Footprint WWF
30 top tips to lower your carbon footprint
We have created 30 tips you can download and use to start reducing your carbon footprint and help us to become carbon neutral.
Friends of the Earth have produced 20 actions for Town and Parish Councils to become more carbon neutral.
Energy improvements and efficiency
Simple Energy Advice has advice and localised grants, such as Energy Company Obligation - ECO, available for home energy improvements and renewable energy installations. The Rural Community Energy Fundoffers support and funding to communities considering a community energy project.
Target 2020 is a business energy efficiency programme that helps small and medium-sized businesses identify and reduce their energy costs and impact on the environment through the installation of energy efficiency measures.
Salix Finance offers interest-free finance for energy-efficiency projects to a host of educational institutions such as schools.
Low emission vehicles
Trees and woodland
The Urban Tree Challenge Fund provides funding support for the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas in England. The Forestry Commission provides an overview of woodland creation funding. The Woodland Trust also has information on funding for large scale tree planting