We drive with an old diesel car, a Land Rover Defender 130, our Milady Landy. That’s not the most environmentally friendly car, so we decided to compensate for the miles we drive by investing in trees in Uganda.
Our ecological footprint
Along the way, we are sometimes asked: “what is your ecological footprint?”, or questions that are similar and appeal to our environmental awareness. We have thought about that, but the fact remains that we drive around with a 1998 Land Rover Defender 130 that consumes quite a lot.
We sold our house last year and we live most of the year in and out of our car. As a result, our energy consumption is largely limited to the diesel we use for cooking our meals and heating our Milady and of course for the kilometers we drive. We keep track of our consumption per refueling and on average that comes to 7 (winter = 14 liter/100 km) to 9 (summer = 11 liter/100 km) kilometers per litre. For diesel fuel, the CO2 emission factor has been set at 3,230 kg per liter of diesel. This means that we emit an average of 0.4 kg of CO2 per kilometre.
Last year we drove about 12,000 km, which is only 32 km per day. Well, in this way Covid-19 has contributed to the reduction of our ecological footprint.
In comparison: the footprint of an average family
If we calculate our entire footprint using this tool, we arrive at 11,000 kilos of CO2, which includes 8,000 kilos for 20,000 kilometers with our car.
Compensation of our CO2 emissions
Via the Trees for All website we have calculated how much CO2 we have to compensate for our car journeys, based on our heavy diesel car and 20,000 km per year. They arrive at 4.82 tons of CO2 per year (which is somewhat less than I calculated above, but I have already explained that with the lesser kilometers that we have driven).
Trees for All invests our contribution in a tree project in the Kibale National Park in Uganda.
In 2016 we visited Uganda and experienced the beauty and purity of this country with our own eyes. In this way we may also be able to do something to preserve the beautiful natural areas of this exceptional country.
All in all, in this way we think we will burden the environment a little less with our travels and reduce our ecological footprint.