Journeyman - Part 5: Carbon footprint breakdown

The average French person emits 10,8 tons of CO2 per year.

The carbon footprint can be broken down as follows: 27% transportation, 27% housing, 16% food production, 13% in miscellaneous goods and services, 9% from maintaining public services (health, education, etc.), and 7% from manufacturing clothing and equipment.

Reaching the goal of 1.7 tons of CO2 per person per year—needed to limit the temperature increase to 2°C—implies to drastically change the way we do things.

A world traveler is estimated to double his carbon footprint (21.4 tons of CO2 per year), mainly because of the increase in the use of transportation (2.9 tons for a sedentary vs 16 tons).

On the other hand, living in communal housing divides the carbon footprint in the housing sector up to 6 times (2.9 tons vs 0.5 tons). The other emission items are expected to be the same.

In other words, switching to a slow-paced communal nomadic lifestyle has the potential to reduce the average carbon footprint down to 5.4 tons of CO2 per year per person. Less than 1.7 tons of CO2 yearly if you cut your meat/dairy product intake, practice zero waste, and travel light.

I should be able to meet all these requirements during my two-month long bikepacking tour. I'll also be looking for opportunities regarding communal living, as Scandinavian countries are at the forefront of this newold lifestyle. Thinking about the Rosenhill farm near Stockholm, for example.