In order to measure our impact on Climate Change we can use carbon footprints which record how much carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit as individuals, households and businesses.

By measuring your carbon footprints, you can see how your actions contribute to climate change. From this, you can see what areas can be improved to reduce your overall impact.

What does one tonne of carbon equate to?

It can be hard to calculate what a tonne of carbon looks like in our everyday lives. The picture below gives you an idea.

a picture showing the scale of one tonne of carbon

What does Falkirk Council's Emissions look like?

In 2018/2019, our carbon footprint totaled 48,9 tonnes of CO2e. The emissions associated with waste management account for the majority of the carbon footprint (43%), followed by the buildings energy consumption.

SourceTonnes of CO2e
Building gas11,282
Building oil171
Building electricity8,174
Vehicle fuel3,913
Business mileage491
Streetlights2,461
Water231
Waste management21,196
Electricity transmission losses907

What does my carbon footprint look like?

You can calculate your own carbon footprint by taking the What is your ecological footprint? test developed by the Global Footprint Network.