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How to calculate and reduce your carbon footprint

October 21, 2021
trees in a forest

First things first🙌

Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that are generated by your actions. Constantly lowering this number, personally and as a society, is important for the planet’s future. We need to do this in order to avoid a 2° rise in the global temperature.

Basically, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050. Nowadays, the average CO2 footprint per person in Europe is around 6.6 metric tons (so...we’ve got some work to do).

How big is my CO2 footprint?🤷

There are a couple of tools out there that help you calculate your CO2 footprint. Some are more complex and could give more accurate results, while others ask questions that you can easily answer.

WWF has a short questionnaire that only takes 5 minutes to complete. Find out how big your CO2 footprint is here.

P.S.: Would you like to see a carbon footprint calculator in your bunq app or on our website? Let us know here.

What can I do?🍃

No matter what your results are (although we’re really proud of you if you’re under the target!), there’s always something we can do to reduce our footprint even further and make the world a greener place.

- turn off the lights around your house when not needed- invest in a nice and warm hoodie, so you can drop your house temperature- try going from consuming meat every day to 3 times a week- go travelling by train or car instead of plane, or choose a direct flight

So get started! Let’s get that number down💪

Point is - together, we can achieve this greater, bigger goal that we have as a society. Here at bunq, we see it happen everyday. Our community has planted over 4 million trees by simply spending their money as usual, becoming CO2 free in less than 2 years. You can offset your CO2 footprint too!

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