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A Guide to CO2 Told by Cats, Cars & Kegs

BY Sam Laird Senior Content Writer Bank of the West  
Illustration:
Nick Acosta

Nov 9th 2020

Reducing our carbon footprint is something we can all do to help create a more sustainable future. In fact, in 2018, the United States produced 20.3 metric tons of CO2e per person, according to the UN Environment Programme’s 2019 Emissions Gap Report, while the global average was 6.5 metric tons per person.

To reduce your carbon footprint you have to measure it, and when you track your carbon footprint, it is measured in pounds and tons. But what really is a ton of CO2? This infographic puts that carbon impact into perspective.

 

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Sam Laird Senior Content Writer Bank of the West

Sam joined Bank of the West in 2019 after more than 10 years in journalism. He’s also worked as a teacher, a grant writer, and a janitor, and prefers to spend his free time in nature.

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Source: EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator: www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

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