The Quicksilver Carbon Calculator

LCWO developed it’s own carbon footprint tool – the Quicksilver Calculator – as part of its Low Carbon Living Programme in 2009.  The calculator has been kept up to date, and is available to download and use, complete with a how-to guide to make it easy.  You can also get in touch if you’d prefer to do the footprint with the help of one of our volunteers.

DOWNLOAD QUICKSILVER, the preparation worksheet & the how-to guide:


What is a carbon footprint?

Your carbon footprint is a measure of your annual contribution to the greenhouse gases that are driving global climate change. How you power your home, the food you eat, the transport you use, and the things that you buy these all contribute to your carbon footprint.

Why get your footprint calculated?

Climate change means we all face an uncertain future. As global temperatures rise, increasingly extreme and erratic weather will result in increased flooding, droughts and disruptions to food supplies. As dwindling stocks of fossil fuels are depleted, energy prices will rise and energy security will become a growing issue.

By understanding your carbon footprint, you can discover how you are adding to this problem, and crucially, what action you can take to reduce your contribution to climate change. Reducing the energy you use will also help bring down your fuel bills.

What does the Quicksilver Carbon Calculator do?

By asking for information about your home, transport and lifestyle choices over the past 12 months, the Quicksilver Calculator builds up a comprehensive picture of your household’s annual carbon footprint.

We include activities relating to everyone in your household, except emissions those directly attributable to your work. Although Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the key greenhouse gas, our calculator also factors in other greenhouse gases such as methane, and presents the results as a CO2 “equivalent”

How does this calculator differ from other calculators?

The Quicksilver Carbon Calculator provides you with a detailed breakdown showing which areas of your life are creating the most carbon.

Armed with this information you can focus your carbon-busting actions at the areas where you can have the biggest impact.

How do I book a session?

LCWO’s Quicksilver carbon footprinting service is free to anyone in West Oxford.

We offer regular sessions at the Community Centre or can arrange a home visit.

The session takes about an hour and involves completing a questionnaire and results are usually available straight away.

Click here to Book Your Session