Welcome to The Green Ration Book

The average UK citizen creates 11 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e)
a year. CO2e includes the effects of other greenhouse gasses as well as
the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.

New UK targets aim to cut this by 80%.

Reducing these 11 tonnes by 80% gives a ration of 2.2 tonnes per year.
This makes a daily ration 1.5kg CO2.

Dividing the ration equally between categories “consumables”, “building”, “transport” and “government”, allows 1.5kg per day.

The estimates below are for CO2e and amount of a 1.5kg daily ration.
This is expressed as a time (e.g. a quarter of a daily ration is given as 6 hours).

Mangoes and Passion fruits smoothie

CO2e: 0.29kg (2 hours)

Innocent Drinks have calculated the carbon footprint of a mangoes and passion fruits smoothie here:


They give it as 0.29kg.

1kg of potatoes from Lincolnshire

CO2e: 0.20 kg (3.5 hours)

Road freight 0.03 kg (147 gm per tonne km * 200 km /1000 = 29.4 gm Co2e)
Agricultural 0.10 kg (guessed)
Cling film wrapping 56gm (8 gm plastic film at 7gm CO2e per gm)

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Walkers Crisps

CO2e: 0.075 kg (1.5 hours)

Walkers have calculated the carbon footprint of a bag of crisps here:


They give it as 75g.

200g Corgettes from Kenya

CO2e: 1.79kg CO2e (1 day, 2 hours)

Food Refridgeration 100
Air Freight 1350
Agriculture 100
20g Plastic packaging(at 7gm Co2e/gm) 140
Road Freight 100

Result: CO2e 1.79kg