Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
The Irish government can make national changes and introduce initiatives which can help reduce the effects of Climate Change but as individuals, living in Ireland we also contribute daily to carbon emissions.
Here are some things you can do to reduce your personal impact.
Insulation is a key step in making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. SEAI grants can help you to insulate your walls and attic to reduce heat loss and your heating bills. Attic insulation, cavity wall insulation, internal Insulation or dry lining and external wall insulation all can help.
Learn more about the different types of insulation for your home. You can also download our homeowner’s guides to insulation. They will give you all the information you need about creating a cosier home.
- Homeowner’s Guide to Attic and Rafter Insulation
- Homeowner’s Guide to Wall Insulation
- Homeowner’s Guide to Ventilation
All homeowners, including private landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2011 can apply. This is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed.
Otheroptionla for your home includes floor Insulation, insulation of windows and doors, installation of a heat pump, updated heating controls or moving to solar heating or solar electricity panels. This all helps improve your home energy usage and therefore Ireland’s energy usage.
Learn about the grant values and how to apply here
The travel industry is responsible for approx. 8% of total global emissions so every action you take to curb your travel footprint is worthwhile. Here are some tips to consider ahead of your next trip.
Cars are a major source of carbon emissions so try to eliminate the car from travel plans. It’s one of the best things you can do for reducing your carbon footprint. (You could consider the same for the daily commute or reduce the number of daily commutes).
- Use green public transport
- Book electric taxis
- Don’t fly to nearby destinations or within a small country like Ireland.
- Fly economy to lower your carbon footprint
- Pack small and light (all the time).
- If you going a greater distance book a non-stop flight
- Visit fewer locations while on a trip – enjoy the location you are in!
- Limit the use of air conditioning and charging equipment
- Stay at an Eco- Friendly location – places where people care about the environment.
- Finally, calculate your own travel carbon footprint here
In 2022 the Irish EPA said, food waste is a global problem that has environmental, social and economic consequences.
More than one-quarter of the food produced globally is wasted. It is a significant contributor to climate change, as food loss and waste contribute to 8-10% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Growing, processing and transporting food all use significant amounts of resources such as land, water and energy.
The EPA estimates that Ireland generated 770,300 tonnes (t) of food waste in 2020.
What to do?
Stop Food Waste is a national campaign to give you information and tips on how to make the most of your food and avoid food waste.
Reducing food waste is an easy action you can take to save money, save time, and lessen your impact on the environment.
As a starting point, we can all follow the A-Z of Foods. This is a useful resource with top tips and techniques to best manage food at home in order to prevent food waste.
Have a look at the BBC Climate change food calculator – it’s easy and great – give the kids ago
Fashion – Buy Less – Think More
It takes 3,781 litres of water to make one pair of jeans, according to the UN’s Environment Programme, taking into account cotton production, manufacture, transport and washing.
Mass-market fast fashion may soon stop for European shoppers, with the EU saying it plans to implement new regulations to limit the wasteful trend and encourage fashion sustainability.
The proposal by the EU calls for minimum use of recycled fibres by 2030 and a ban on the destruction of many unsold fashion products.
The European Commission regulations also seek to contain the release of microplastics and improve global labour conditions in the garment industry.
But as fashion shoppers what can we do now?
Well, The Guardian Newspaper has come up with a fast fashion fix: 20 ways to stop buying new clothes forever. Click here to have a read and change your ways.
You will find 7 quick tips below
- Buy less and more durable clothes—choose slow-fashion
- Avoid fast-fashion companies and support small local businesses instead;
- Rent clothes you’re only likely to wear once;
- Buy pre-owned items;
- Swap clothes with friends;
- Repair and upcycle your clothes;
- Resell or give clothes for free online.
Ireland Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 requires Ireland to achieve a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030, relative to 2018 levels, and net-zero emissions by 2050. We all must do more and learn more to help. To get up to speed please visit the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. Click here.
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