Ceredigion, a coastal county in Wales with a population of around 75,000, is leading the race with the areas with the lowest carbon footprint in the UK.
That’s according to a new study by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the University of York-based research centre SEI York, which estimates the overall carbon footprint of the county is nearly 10.8 carbon dioxide equivalent.
The analysis shows more than a fifth of the residents don’t buy clothes in a given month and nearly 10% have solar panels installed on their homes.
The data, which is based on more than 300,000 responses to WWF’s carbon footprint calculator, also shows there has been a 25% increase in people adopting plant-based diets during the period February 2019 until October 2020.
In addition, the number of people on a 100% renewable energy tariff has nearly doubled over the same time frame.
Dr Chris West at SEI York, said: “The carbon calculator analysis showed people’s desire for a lower-carbon future.
“Meeting our climate targets will require a combination of small and big changes, such as maintaining a reduction in international travel, which is needed to bring down personal footprints.”
Dr Stephen Cornelius, Chief Climate Adviser at WWF, said: “This analysis shows an encouraging trend towards lower carbon footprints across the UK.
“The doubling in take-up of 100% renewable energy tariffs is particularly positive as this can be a cheap and easy way for people to make a real cut in their emissions.”