Your small actions count in the big climate account

A Dane's consumption-based climate footprint corresponds to approx. 12 tons of CO2 annually. Our CO2 emissions consist of several elements, some of which we can influence and reduce in favor of the climate. Both large and small actions count when the large accounts are settled, so what you do in everyday life during shopping, transport, housing, etc. is important for the climate. 

By Anne Branderup

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A Dane emits a total of approx. 17 tonnes of CO2 annually - of which the 5 tonnes of CO2 cover common emissions from, for example, the operation of Danish hospitals, schools, infrastructure and other things we all use in society.

The rest, 12 tonnes of CO2, is so-called consumption-based, which means that it is CO2 emissions that you as an individual can reduce. 

There are four areas in particular you can work with if you want to be more climate wise in your everyday life:


Your home
Do you know how much heat you consume per month / year? What heat source do you heat your home with and keep your home warm?

What can you do:

Heat supply should optimally be district heating or heat pump.
Save energy in the home: insulate your house, save electricity and water.

A major item on our CO2 accounts is the food we produce. There are some points of attention that can help you when shopping for food.

What can you do:

Buy locally, preferably Danish and / or European-produced food.
Pay attention to the packaging in which the food is packed. Can it be recycled? Remember that you buy waste when you shop and it is good when it can be recycled.

Consumption of clothes / electronics etc.
Like food, it costs CO2 to produce and transport our consumption of clothing, electronics and other consumer goods.

What can you do:

Think about recycling - buy in second-hand shops and see if does not have the new furniture you are missing.
Buy locally produced clothes, preferably from Denmark and Europe.
Repair electrical equipment instead of buying new.

How you transport yourself to work, shopping, school and on trips is of great importance for your CO2 footprint. The largest CO2 emissions come from fossil fuels.

What can you do:

Walk and bike as much as possible.
If possible, consider whether you can use public transportation when going on longer trips.
Electrify your car and drop car # 2.


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The citizens of the Sonderborg area are part of the vision

The housing associations have trained Green Ambassadors, who work to help fellow residents and the association to choose the better solutions in everyday life - large and small

ProjectZero's Masterplan2029 also focuses on citizens' behavior in the raising day, especially within the home, ie. housing, transport, consumption, etc.

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