There are two ways to decrease your carbon footprint: using energy created without carbon emission, or using less energy in the first place. There are also two ways to use energy: directly and indirectly.

If you are living nomadic, it is not so easy to control which energy you use. You don't know if Hotels or Restaurants use reusable energy unless you see they have solar panels, which never happened to me before. Nonetheless, there are many ways to decrease your carbon footprint compared to living a settled down life, and sometimes you might not even have noticed it! Here are some ways in which you can (or already are) decreasing your Carbon Footprint.

Dude, what is a carbon footprint!?

Your carbon footprint is basically how much CO² is created because of your actions. According to MyClimate, an average EU citizen uses an average of 9.1 tons of CO² per year. To halt climate change, this has to be 2 tons.

Use less

  • The biggest carbon footprint a nomad uses, is flying and driving. MyClimate says a flight from Amsterdam to Bangkok, which is about 9.200 km, uses 1.7 tons of CO². This is a lot of CO² for just one flight. Yeah. That's where we suck. We use lots of CO² because we are traveling a lot, and most travel us currently still using CO². So think twice about going back and forth between countries. Sharing cars, buses and trains is emitting way less!

Average carbon dioxide emissions in grams per passenger mile in the USA. Based on 'Updated Comparison of Energy Use & CO 2 Emissions From Different Transporte Modes, Octubre 2008' by Manchester, NH: M.J. Bradley & Associates, 2008

Average carbon dioxide emissions (grams) per passenger mile (USA). Based on 'Updated Comparison of Energy Use & CO 2 Emissions From Different Transporte Modes, Octubre 2008' (Manchester, NH: M.J. Bradley & Associates, 2008)

  • Nomadic entrepreneurs often make use of public facilities, which are more efficient because groups of people are sharing the same energy. They don't have their own laundry machine, dryer, kitchen or lawnmower. This all decreases the carbon footprint, both directly and indirectly.

  • Nomadic entrepreneurs often don't have a car. They go with public transport or sometimes even cycle or walk. Public transport is shared which makes it more efficient, and cycling or walking completely omits the direct carbon footprint.

  • Nomadic entrepreneurs often eat outdoors, which increases the possibilities to choose for locally produced and unprocessed foods, and reduces the effort to do so.

Do you have more tips for Nomadic Entrepreneurs to improve their carbon footprint? Let me know and I will add it to this article.