This project was the initiative of our Chair, Dr. Roger Doudna, who was a delegate at the 2015 Paris Summit.
The Assessment was funded by
- a grant from the New Findhorn Community Association (NFA), and
- the use of “Our Impacts” calculation tool was kindly sponsored by Ecometrica, the Edinburgh based software company.
In 2006, a study had been commissioned about the Ecological Footprint of the Community. The overall result was 2.71 global hectares (gha)/resident, with guests achieving 2.10 gha/resident. Combining the two resulted in a weighted ecological footprint of 2.56 gha/resident (then assessed as roughly half the UK average).
Once it was decided to properly assess the true problem of CO2,
the Community Carbon Footprint Report from 2015 indicated
an average of 9.5 tonnes CO2e, effectively the UK average.
NB. As there – always – are calculation definition differences, please read this 2013 figure for comparison purposes only.
However when ‘compensated’ by the electricity generated in our own Wind Park, and the trees planted by our local charity “Trees For Life”, that unimpressive result tumbled to 3.5 tonnes CO2e /resident, roughly a third of the UK average.
A Community Carbon Strategy is born!
Some comparative data to bear in mind
- In order to halt the global temperature increase, each individual only has a carbon budget of about 2.0 tCO2e
- The average UK emissions are 9.8 tCO2e/person, or 13.4 tCO2e/person (incl. all greenhouse gases)
- A return air trip economy class New York-Inverness emits 2.4 tCO2e.
- Emissions/person of CO2e using various transport means: Inverness-London return:
- Bus 63 kg
- Train 107 kg
- Air 376 kg
- Car 413 kg