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Planes vs Volcano vs UK Buildings

by Mel Starrs on April 23, 2010

in Fun

You may have seen the lovely infographic from Information is Beautiful comparing the daily CO2 emissions of the Iceland volcano to European air emissions earlier in the week?

I couldn’t help thinking how it compared to the UK Non-domestic buildings daily emissions (as you do).

Doing a quick back of the envelope calc for UK non-domestic buildings (1.8m non domestic buildings from the recent Carbon Trust figures in Building the Future Today) at 106MtCO2 per year is equivalent to 290,410 tonnes per day, which lies about halfway between the planes and the volcanoes. My first attempt at an infographic follows:

So as one smart arse in the office pointed out, if we stop flying, we’re all out of a job (tongue firmly in cheek there!).