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CALCULATE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

 

Calculating your carbon emissions is not an exact science, and there are many tools out there to help you, some more relevant to our industry than others – but currently there is no one-stop-shop.

However, here are 4 free-to-use tools that will give you a pretty accurate picture, particularly when used together. After using one or more of these calculators, you should have a figure in either kg/year or tonnes/year of CO2e (carbon emitted), which you can use to consider your reduction targets and options for offsetting.​​​

Creative Green Tools
  • This is the most detailed calculator, and therefore requires you to have a detailed set of data.

  • It has options to either calculate your footprint for a building or a project. The building option is the best to work out your day-to-day footprint.

  • It is geared towards businesses with their own premises, but would work if you use a coworking space too. If you only work from home then the Carbon footprint for individuals (below) will probably work better for you.

  • It does require you to sign up, but this is free and straightforward.

Carbon Footprint for Business
  • This calculator requires less data than the Creative Green Tools option, and does not include a section for waste.

  • It is geared towards businesses with their own premises, but would work if you use a coworking space too. If you only work from home then the Carbon footprint for individuals (below) will probably work better for you.

Carbon Footprint for Individuals
  • This calculator is geared towards individuals rather than businesses, but is a good one to use if you only work from home.

  • It also includes a section on secondary (embodied) carbon, which none of the others do, so if you have used another calculator but want a fuller picture it's worth completing just the secondary carbon section of this calculator and adding it to your total.​

The Carbon Footprint of Your Digital Activities
  • As well as using one of the calculators above, you can use this one too to calculate the footprint of your digital activities and add that to your total.

  • Some of the data is given for the population as a whole rather than individuals, so you will need to divide the total by the population (both are displayed) to get your individual footprint.

Carbon Footprint of a Production: Albert
  • If you just want to calculate the carbon footprint of an individual production, use Albert's carbon calculator.

  • You can use it to predict the carbon footprint of a production, then use Albert's Carbon Action Plan to take steps to reduce it.

  • If you're producing for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, Sky, TG4 or Netflix, you’ll need to calculate your production's carbon footprint with Albert.

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