Carbon Calculator

Over here in the train corner we’ve always been a little smug about our CO2 emissions. Travelling by train is one of the lowest carbon modes of transport, other than using your own two feet of course. And while you may have walked or cycled miles on your daily outings during lockdown, when you travel further afield again you’ll probably be looking for a speedier mode of transport.

This rather nifty calculator helps you work out just how many CO2 emissions you’re saving when you take the train instead of a car or plane. Sure, you’re never likely to actually take a plane to get to your nearest city if you live 20 miles away but it’s really cool to see the difference in emissions. Even the difference in swapping the car for the train can save enough emissions to boil hundreds of kettles!

To work out your carbon emissions and your savings, just pop your route info in below and hit the big ‘Calculate’ button.

Carbon Calculator

The calculations are based on:

Train:
0.04115kg CO2e / pass. km. This is derived from the DEFRA CO2e emissions factor for electric trains.
Car:
0.18084kg CO2e / pass. km. This is derived from the DEFRA CO2e emissions factor for an average petrol car.
Plane:
0.25493kg CO2e / pass. km. This is derived from the DEFRA CO2e emissions factor for a domestic flight.
Distance:
Is calculated using Google Distance Matrix.