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Personal consumer behaviour makes up a large part of your carbon footprint and it is difficult to calculate due to the many unknown factors. For many products it is hardly possible to include all emissions that occur during production, transport, retail and use. The Carbon Calculator therefore estimates your general consumption behaviour. To get a more detailed picture, your consumption behaviour is weighted by a number of variables that have already been recorded elsewhere in the Carbon Calculator (see background info below).
Greenhouse gas emissions can be avoided by conscious consumer behaviour. It can be summarised as avoidance, sharing, repairing, recycling, buying second-hand and only making intentional long-lasting purchases. Please also note the background information to learn more.
Your household income has already been entered during the quick check. This serves to estimate your miscellaneous spending in advance. You can edit the value if necessary. Note that the average monthly spending contains the following.
Monthly consumer spending
Average distribution of expenditure on miscellaneous consumption
|recreation, entertainment, culture||27.8%|
|home decor, furniture, household appliances||16.3%|
|restaurants and hospitality||15.2%|
|clothing and shoes||11.8%|
|post and telecommunications||6.7%|
|other goods and services||9.6%|
It does not include expenditure in areas that were evaluated elsewhere (e.g. food, vehicles (purchase and repairs) and housing). For those categories we look at the activities themselves.
Keeping pets causes carbon emissions. The amount depends largely on the animal's diet and size or weight. Emissions for health expenditures and general care are implicitly contained in the calculation based on statistical averages. However, any additional pet-related trips and journeys should be entered under Transportation & Travel.
Your carbon footprint is calculated by weighting your consumer behaviour.
Avoidance of emissions can be achieved through climate-friendly shopping habits.
A carbon handprint is calculated when you put money into climate-friendly financial investments or directly offset your emissions though climate protection projects.
My carbon scenario
In your carbon scenario you can now look to the future. Answer questions about changes you're planning, new habits and even investments. On the basis of your carbon balance today the projections are carried out, up to what the German average would be in 2050.
Your carbon scenario picks up where you've left off in your carbon balance.
Short-termPersonal changes in the next 5 years are reflected in your short term scenario.
Medium-termA more climate-friendly society and your personal changes then lead to a medium-term scenario covering the next 10 to 15 years.
Germany 2050Your acceptance of long-term climate protection measures and the corresponding policies then lead to a projected German average value for the year 2050.
Save the current status of your calculation if you want to edit it later, send it to friends or post it in a social network. The data is available for you to retrieve for a period of 18 months. If you do not retrieve the data during this period, it will be deleted.