Most human activities produce carbon dioxide emissions. Such activities include transport, energy, food production and waste. A carbon footprint is a way to measure the amount of carbon emissions that an activity creates. The way we live dictates the size of our own individual carbon footprint - obviously, the kinder you are to the environment, the smaller your footprint will be. The amount of carbon released into the atmosphere is measured in tonnes.
The average person in the EU emits 11 tonnes of CO2 per year. During the 'Celtic Tiger' growth era the Irish did not compare well to the EU average; with every person in Ireland responsible for 17 tonnes of carbon entering our atmosphere every year! Believe it or not, the ideal carbon footprint should be 2/3 tonnes per person per annum. Although the per capita figure is reduced in Ireland it is essential to ensure that a return to economic growth is decoupled from a growth in greenhouse gas emissions.
To calculate your carbon footprint: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator
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