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What is a Carbon Footprint?

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leaf iconA Carbon Footprint is a measure of the effect you have on the climate in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases you produce (measured in units of carbon dioxide). Many of your daily activities generate carbon emissions, which have an impact on the health of the environment.

By measuring your carbon footprint with tools like a carbon calculator, you can get an idea of what level of emissions your lifestyle generates and where you can take action to reduce your individual impact on the environment.

Calculate Your Rail Travel Carbon Footprint

The figures and examples below will focus on travel, particularly trips typically associated with business travel and commuting.

SAMPLE TRAVEL PROFILES

A list of miles accrued over the course of a year on sample trips.

Route

Weekly Round Trips
(Miles Annually)

Monthly Round Trips
(Miles Annually)

New York to DC

22,360

5,160

DC to Philadelphia

13,000

3,000

Chicago to DC

63,648

14,688

LA to Oakland (SF)

35,380

4,560

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT - Short Haul Trips

A comparison of carbon emissions produced from rail travel versus air travel over the course of a year.

Mode of Travel

Weekly Round Trips
(Resulting Annual Output)

Monthly Round Trips
(Resulting Annual Output)

Train

1,152kg CO2

288kg CO2

Air

31,200kg CO2

7,200kg CO2

* Short Haul Trips are defined as approximately 300 miles

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT - Typical Auto Commutes

A comparison of carbon emissions produced from an average versus a long auto commute over the course of a year.

Type of Car

30-Mile Round Trip
(Resulting Annual Output)

50-Mile Round Trip
(Resulting Annual Output)

Family Car

2,318kg CO2

3,864kg CO2

4x4

6,569kg CO2

3,941kg CO2