How YOU can reduce your emissions
The main source of greenhouse gases is the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, which leads to emissions of CO2, along with lower emissions of other greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide. Fossil fuels are burned in many power stations to generate the electricity we use for lighting and power, in our homes to provide heating, and in vehicles that are used to move us around. Fossil fuels, or the electricity generated from them are also used to produce and transport the food and water we consume and all the manufactured goods and services that support our lifestyles.
There are several online tools available which enable you to estimate the carbon emissions associated with your lifestyle and generate your own carbon footprint.
To find out about easy ways to stop wasting energy (and money), energy saving home improvements and the most energy-efficient household appliances, visit the Energy Saving Trust's website.
You can call the Energy Saving Trust for FREE independent and local energy saving advice on 0800 512012.
Generating energy from renewable sources such as wind, sun, wood and waste produces lower emissions of CO2 than burning fossil fuels - but for the greatest impact, renewable energy systems such as solar PV panels should only be considered when all practicable energy saving measures have been put in place.
Are you a climate change hero? Find out by playing the Climate Change Game, then get the whole family involved.