1. Emission sources
All greenhouse gas emissions including carbon emissions are caused by an action or activity we undertake. They can be split broadly into two categories:
Direct emissions come from sources you own or control such as driving your car. You own and have full control over your car, including choices in what type of car you buy, what fuel you use, how it is driven, and how it is maintained.
Indirect emissions are generated by your actions but come from sources you do not own or control. For example, emissions produced from using a taxi are caused by your choice to take that taxi, but you do not influence the type of car or fuel used.
Knowing what your direct and indirect emissions are, is important when it comes to reducing them. While you have greatest control over your direct emissions, your indirect emissions could account for most of your footprint.