The first step along the road (every long journey starts with a small step, as Mao Tse Tung said) is to measure your footprint by using a tool that calculates the amount of Carbon that you emit or consume. This is a complex area as you need to calculate Carbon or Greenhouse Gases, the amount you consume or the amount you emit, whether you include what you cause in other countries due to buying clothes and mobile phones from China. What is much more important is to recognise what in your life or business causes the problem and then take action to reduce it. We will point up the actions you can take in this section. But here are some links to some useful tools.

World Wildlife Fund. They have produced a simple tool that gives you a pictorial image of your Carbon Footprint. It asks you questions about your lifestyle and then breaks down your carbon consumption into four areas – Home, Food Travel and Stuff. It also has useful tips on how you can start to reduce your Carbon Footprint. We recommend this tool as part of our Carbon Tracking process as it is easy to do, and the data can quickly be collected. CLICK HERE

Pawprint. This tool is designed to engage employees within and organisation and get them to measure their footprint. You can download an App to your mobile phone to enable you to track your carbon emissions. It breaks down emissions by Home, Travel, Diet, Other and gives good tips on how to reduce your footprint, and log actions. CLICK HERE This carbon footprint calculator is also excellent for providing a more detailed analysis of your carbon footprint as an individual or as a household. There is also a tool for businesses. It asks you relatively detailed questions about your House, Flights, Car, Motorbike, Bus and Rail Travel, and “Lifestyle” and gives you a good summary measure. CLICK HERE

Carbon Savvy. This site provides a 1 minute, 5 minute and 45 minute calculator. The 5 minute calculator is easy to fill in allowing you to click on multiple choices. It asks for how much you spend on clothes, gas and electricity, and then comes up with a good summary of your overall carbon footprint. It breaks down your footprint into Energy, Transport, Flights, Food, Goods and Services, and Infrastructure. It has a useful actions page. CLICK HERE

Giki Zero. This site provides a comprehensive site to measure and log your carbon emissions, and translates it into an overall score in terms of how good you are in managing carbon emissions. It gives a good guide on things you can do, and allows you to plan actions to reduce your footprint. Good graphics to help support your activity. CLICK HERE

CarbonIndependent. his tool gives you a one page sheet or filling in details by household (to share out the data on electricity) and then asks individual consumption questions on travel etc. Gives a summary at the simple comparison against UK/World averages which useful. CLICK HERE

Farmers might like the Cool Farm Tool. This tool allows you to analyses carbon emissions by product type (Crop or Livestock). You will need to set up an account. CLICK HERE.

Business. The World Wildlife Fund has produced a very useful document on how to measure, what to measure and when to measure for small, medium, and large businesses. CLICK HERE

Impact. Exeter University developed this tool. The tool aims to give small communities (parish councils) usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand and share. This will help communities work out their main “impact areas” – those places where focused action can make the biggest contribution to cutting local emissions. It is based n the Parish Level and then adds up to the county level CLICK HERE.

This screenshot shows the details you can get for Shrewsbury and Shropshire Council.

You should use it then to work out your local Parish Council consumption and then drive local community action to tackle the main areas of carbon consumption or emission.