Lichfield parish leads the way with carbon footprinting survey

Rhiannon Stone shows her nan Mary Price the new website with the help of her teddy bear Pinky

Rhiannon Stone shows her nan Mary Price the new website with the help of her teddy bear Pinky

A Lichfield parish is set to be the first in Britain to carry out its own online carbon footprinting survey.

The Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) has launched a new website that will enable every resident in the community to take part in a unique experiment.

Their new online service includes a ‘carbon calculator’ that will enable each household to assess in detail its CO2 emissions – and enable the parish to measure changes in its footprint over time. This tool will go live on August 15.

People who sign up can choose to make their footprint public or keep it entirely private. A graduate placement student from De Montfort University, Karibo Akuiyibo will be visiting homes in the village to enable those without internet access to take part.

WFEG chairman Mike Kinghan, said:

“Ever since our group formed three years ago our resident’s involvement in what we are trying to do has been phenomenal. I cannot think that there is a better community in the country to take part in this new initiative.

“The survey will be run every 12 months from now on. It will run from mid-August until the end of September. This year will give us the baseline data that will enable us to show how we are all doing towards turning our parish into a low-carbon community.

“Our experiences will be of immense value to other communities across the UK as they too begin to tackle their carbon emissions.”

He said residents could also create their own blogs on the site to tell others of the innovations they were trying to reduce their CO2 emissions.

The website provides lots of information and links to enable people to reduce their carbon emissions and will also have a forum in which people can swap ideas and ask for information.

And while the carbon footprinting survey will only be open to people in Whittington and Fisherwick, all the other services are available to people across the county and beyond.

The new website has been designed and part-sponsored by local web marketing specialists, Perceptis Ltd.  Funding has also come from the Staffordshire Aggregates Levy Grant Scheme, funded by Defra and managed by Staffordshire County Council.

Anyone wanting information can submit questions via the website or ring 01543 432238.

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