The Virgin Active Carbon Calculator
- Feb 11, 2009
Through Virgin Active energy saving campaigns in 2008 we managed to reduce our overall electricity consumption, water consumption and improve on our general waste recycling. An actual 10% reduction in electricity usage was recorded, resulting in Virgin Active SA becoming an Escom benchmark company.
This year we've introduced the Virgin Active Carbon Calculator to our members, allowing them to measure their individual carbon footprint, give them tips to reduce it and the opportunity to offset the rest.
Once members were lead through the calculator they were encouraged to do just this.
Once you have an indication of your personal carbon footprint, we recommend that you try and reduce it. After all being informed is just the beginning surely? The next step is about taking a little more responsibility. And no, this isn't a lecture.
Just check out this list carbon emission reducing tips and see where you could make some changes. Some slight adjustments, over time, could translate into significant carbon emission reductions and of course a hefty dose of self-pride.
Buy locally produced items and organic food.
Taking one longer holiday will have a lower impact than going on several short trips if you are flying each time.
If possible, consider alternatives to air travel.
Walk, cycle or use public transport where possible.
Driving slower uses less fuel, so generates less emissions.
Improve your fuel consumption by:
- keeping your tyres inflated to the proper pressure
- using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil
- replacing a clogged air filter
Lose the 4x4 and opt for a smaller vehicle that's more planet-friendly.
Turn off lights when you don't need them and fit energy saving light bulbs.
Open the windows and switch off air conditioners.
Switch off your computer and other appliances when not in use (at the plug point).
Invest in a solar water heater if possible.
Insulate your geyser.
Request your bills electronically and pay online.
Reduce paper usage and recycle as much as possible.
Avoid packaging wherever possible.
Also try eating less meat and buying less animal products like leather.
Now we realize that certain lifestyle changes in the name of the environment are easier said than done. The circumstances around how we travel on holiday or to and from work are often not completely within our control. And selling the 4x4 and becoming a vegan by the end of the month may not be that realistic. So if you find yourself nodding while you read this, but are still feeling like you should do something, then offsetting your emissions by planting trees is the way to go. As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into oxygen through photosynthesis - a vital process in stabilizing the earth's climate. And no, we don't mean going round the nursery and loading the bakkie with the latest in shrubs. The trees get bought and planted on your behalf. All you have to do is order!
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