If you’re concerned about the UK’s carbon footprint and are interested in comparing the carbon foot print of different locations across the UK, you’ve come to the right place. Simply continue reading to learn about some of the daily carbon emissions produced by some of the largest cities in the UK.
As London is by far the largest city in the UK, it may come as no surprise that London emits a significant carbon footprint. In a single day, over 81,394 tonnes of carbon are produced in London. To put this into perspective 81,394 of carbon would fill a 354 m tall cube. Which would be taller than The Shard, the tallest building in London. Which is 310 m tall and is one of the most recognisable structures in London.
On average Birmingham produces 11,557 tonnes of carbon. While this number is far less than the carbon produced in London on a single day, if you were to visualise Birmingham’s daily carbon emissions, 11,557 tonnes of carbon would create a 184 m cube. A cube which would tower over the BT Tower. Which happens to be the most famous building in Birmingham.
To get a real sense of the carbon emissions which are created in Leeds on a daily basis, think of Leeds most famous landmark, Leeds Town Hall. While Leeds Town Hall is 69 m tall, Leeds’ daily carbon emissions could create a carbon cube which could fill a 181 m tall cube. Which would make Leeds’ carbon emissions cube twice as tall as Leeds’ historic Town Hall. A beautifully maintained, historic 19th century building.
Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland. While Glasgow has a fairy large population, its carbon emissions for such a large city are relatively low. On an average day Glasgow produces 7,175 tonnes of carbon. How big a carbon cube would 7,175 tonnes of carbon create? A 7,175 tonnes carbon cube would be approximately 157 m tall and would be 30 m taller than the tallest structure in Scotland, the Glasgow Tower.
Belfast happens to be the most populous city in Northern Ireland, so you may assume that Belfast produces a large daily carbon emission. However for being one of Ireland’s major cities, Belfast has a relatively small daily carbon emission number. Each day Belfast produces 4,198 tonnes of carbon. In cube form this number would translate to a 132 m tall. Which is several times larger than one of Belfast’s most famous structures, the Titanic Belfast. Which measures 38 m tall and is one of the most photographed structures in Northern Ireland.
Brighton has done well to keep their carbon emissions low. On an everyday basis Brighton creates 2,466 tonnes of carbon emissions. Translated to a carbon cube, Brighton’s carbon cube would fill a 110 m tall. Which is significantly shorter than one of Brighton’s most recognised landmarks, the i360.
Hopefully you now have a better idea of the carbon emissions which are created by some of the most populous cities in the UK. As well as how they compare to famous structures in each city.
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