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Top tips

The Forest of Dean District Council declared a Climate Emergency in December 2018 and set out the aim to make the District carbon neutral by 2030. You can view the council’s progress on becoming carbon neutral on our News and Updates page.

We have been asked to share some ‘top tips’ on how members of the public can also lower their personal carbon footprint and we have shared these on this page. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Equally, not all suggestions will be suitable for everyone but the important thing is to think about what actions you can start taking today. And don’t forget to share your progress with us using the hashtag #netzeroFOD.

Calculating your carbon footprint

The first step is to calculate your personal or household carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, 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 and help to tackle the climate emergency.

You can calculate your personal carbon footprint using one of the free online calculators below:

  • Carbon Independent - 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 available for this)
  • Carbon Footprint - calculations based on annual emissions over 12 months (you may need your latest bills available for some calculations)
  • Footprint WWF - a simple, easy test to estimate your carbon footprint

30 top tips to lower your carbon footprint

Also see 20 suggested actions for town and parish councils.


  • Visit Simple Energy Advice for more advice and to find localised grants, such as Energy Company Obligation - ECO, available for home energy improvements and renewable energy installations.
  • It is also possible to receive a ‘plug-in grant’ for many eligible low-emission vehicles. A grant is also available for the installation of a home or workplace charge point.
  • Rural Community Energy Fund offers support and funding to communities considering a community energy project.
  • Salix Finance offers interest-free finance for energy-efficiency projects to a host of educational institutions such as schools.
  • 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.
  • 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


Share these top tips with your friends, family and neighbours. Encourage others to also reduce their footprint by sharing the actions you have taken. Make it a part of your everyday conversations. The choices we all make influence the decisions of producers, retailers and relevant business owners. You can influence your workplace, school or neighbourhood to make decisions that reduce their impact and help to tackle the climate emergency.

We want to know what you are up to – share the actions you are taking to reduce your carbon footprint with us using the hashtag #netzeroFOD.