Disappointment as 10:10 targets missed

We undertook to cut our carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 (http://www.1010global.org/uk) however our emissions from domestic energy use have increased by 4% since 2009.  This consists of a 5% reduction in electricity consumption and a 15% increase in gas consumption.  My initial thoughts are that the increase in gas consumption was largely driven by the extremely cold weather throughout December, the coldest December on record and the coldest month since February 1947. On the bright side, our Carbon emissions for domestic energy are still 11% down on 2008 figures.

This is only part of our carbon footprint – the easiest to enumerate.  We have taken other measures to reduce our overall carbon footprint, such as sourcing more food locally, either from the back garden or from local farmer’s markets. It is very difficult to put numbers to these things, but we have perhaps maintained the overall footprint or reduced it slightly.

In the meantime, I’d be interested to find how others have performed against their 10:10 aspirations: please post a link to your own results as a comment, through twitter (@dv8ordie) or by e-mail (dv.eight62@gmail.com).

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