carbon footprint tool launched

A new tool to calculate carbon footprint and work out how to make reductions has been launched by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

The system has been designed to promote greener living and to act as a point of information for people interested in reducing their carbon emissions and saving money.

Free to access, the new tool has been developed in partnership with the East of England Development Agency and can be reached through the EST's website.

Energy minister Joan Ruddock said: "Community-wide action is vital if the UK is to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets and make the transition to a low-carbon future.

"We know that lots of people want to take action but aren't sure where to start - the Energy Saving Trust's Green Communities programme will play a valuable role in helping achieve collective change, street by street, in every community."

The UK has a target of reducing overall carbon emissions by 80 per cent in the next four decades.

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