The carbon emissions of cats and dogs
We adore our animal friends. They bring us love and good health. But as we also contend with the climate change, how we can live sustainably for planet, people and pets? With 1.5 billion dogs and cats sharing our planet with us, understanding the carbon emissions of cats and dogs – their carbon pawprint – has never been more important.
dogs and cats live globally
0.4 - 1 tonne C02
is emitted on average by each dog or cat per year.
1 billion tonnes
of C02 are emitted by the global dog and cat population annually.
2.5x UK emissions
Equivalent emissions from the world’s dog and cat population.
How do we know this?
Perhaps surprisingly, despite the whopping number of pets and the booming pet industry, there’s remarkably little research into the climate impact of pets.
Nevertheless, studies such as these brilliant life cycle assessments offer scientific proof of the impact of our pets. Their rigorous methodological approaches highlight what aspects of a pet’s life contribute to their carbon pawprint.
What can I do about it?
If you’re thinking how you can reduce the carbon pawprint of your pets, you’ve come to the right place. There are 3 easy steps you can take to get started:
- Learn what small changes you can make to be a sustainable pet owner
- Shop sustainably for dog and cat food, treats and their other needs
- Offset your pet’s carbon pawprint and support climate action projects around the world
Luckily, Climate Pets is here to make it easy to take all 3 of these steps. We’re on a mission to make every dog and cat a climate superhero.
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