What things did you enjoy the most about your experience this week?
It reminded me how much of what I enjoy in life is very low impact — e.g. walking, spending time outside, spending time with people I love.
What were the main challenges you faced during the week?
Since this was the first week, I spent time inputting data to do with my house, car, etc. That was pretty depressing, as I describe below. In terms of challenges directly related to the week: I had to go on work trips on Monday and Tuesday that covered a lot of ground with a mixture of cars, trains and the Tube. It was unavoidable but very carbon-intensive.
What were your main lessons learned of the week?
That the carbon embodied in my house and (electric!) car is so significant as to almost put me at my daily limit.
What would have made it easier for you to achieve your target this week?
Living in a house we hadn’t renovated (though ironically the renovations were very much focused on making it much more energy efficient, as well as installing solar PV and solar hot water) — the renovations added a great deal to our budget. Likewise, not having a car — but we live in a village with very little access to public transport.