Andrew Fife sent me a link to TerraPass, a cool service that allows you to offset your car's carbon emissions for less than $80 a year. Very cool idea.
The VC industry recently added a new sector of investment: clean energy. New funds are being raised and new opportunities explored in generating clean energy. As individuals, moreover, Americans are beginning to explore their contributions to carbon dioxide emissions.
I expect that within a few years one's carbon footprint will become common knowledge and carbon diets, attempts to lower carbon emissions, will become sources of pride and conversation.
This month's Sierra Club magazine features a great article, My Low-Carbon Diet, that explores carbon footprints and the ways in which modern lifestyles generate carbon. The site also features a link to a carbon-calculator, hosted at on the web site for Al Gore's movie - An Inconvenient Truth.
The article includes a carbon index with the following statistics:
- Average daily US carbon dioxide emissions per person: 122 pounds
- Average worldwide: 24 pounds
- Amount that could be emitted without raising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere: 9 pounds
- Average pounds of carbon dioxide emitted each day by:
- driving in the US, per person: 2.2 pounds
- flying in the US, per person: 3.3 pounds
- cooling the 76 % of US households with AC: 3.9 pounds
- a typical refrigerator: 3.6 pounds
- the best current 21-cubic foot fridge: 1.6 pounds
- an electric clothes dryer: 3.9 pounds
- average per kilotwatthour: 1.5 pounds
- coal-fired kwh: 2.0 pounds
- hydro kwh: 0.5 pounds
Take the carbon calculator test. Thanks to the Sierra Club for a great article.