Combating climate change

Let’s talk about your carbon footprint

What is a carbon footprint?

We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘carbon footprint’ - but what does it really mean? We’ll explain it and show you how to calculate your own carbon footprint so you can help the planet, and your pocket too.

Understanding your carbon footprint

Doing your bit to combat climate change can be a daunting task but it doesn’t need to be complicated, and could save you money. The easiest way to start is by taking a look at your carbon footprint.

How is my carbon footprint calculated?

Our carbon footprint is the impact you create on the environment as we go about our daily lives.

This impact comes from the greenhouse gases emitted from each decision we make throughout the day – either directly or indirectly.

From the type of car you drive to the construction materials of your new wardrobe – it all leaves a footprint. 

How can I work out my carbon footprint?

The simplest way to work out your impact on the environment is by using a carbon footprint calculator.

Once you have your starting point, you can start thinking about what you could change.

Energy saving light bulbs, walking instead of driving, installing solar panels - there are options for every budget.

How can I reduce my carbon footprint?

Getting started is the hardest part. But once you begin making sustainable choices, you’ll find new ways to live a more sustainable life.

For more ideas, take a look at our guides to see how to offset your carbon footprint and tips to reduce your carbon footprint at home. 

How are we reducing our carbon footprint?

We want to help customers track their carbon impact with innovative products and services. In 2020, we partnered with a start-up called CoGo to test their carbon footprint tracking app

We’ll be expanding the pilot to business customers in 2021, and we are already working on a solution for all customers.

To try it for yourself, you'll need to sign-up as a CoGo customer (including agreeing to CoGo’s Terms and Conditions) and connect your Ulster Bank bank accounts. You’ll need to be 18+, have a Ulster Bank debit or credit card and use the Ulster Bank Mobile App.