Women, men, and climate change: does the carbon footprint vary by gender?

Have you ever wondered if gender has an influence on the amount of CO2 emissions we cause? Is gender an indicator for being more environmentally friendly? Well, among the results of the Cartografía Carbono project, aimed at gaining a better understanding of the carbon footprint of Spanish society, one of the most outstanding is that gender and carbon footprint are closely linked.

Naturally, the results obtained are averages, and each person is different when it comes to carbon footprint, but the information that we have gathered has allowed us to observe some trends.

The carbon footprint varies by gender: women are more sustainable than men

The women who were part of our study and declared that they were living in Spain have an average of 10% lower CO2 emissions than men.

This is mainly due to transport and food, the two categories in which they, on average, are “lighter” than men.

If we go into the details of the data provided by the participants, we find two facts or reasons that justify this result. In general, women use public transport more than private transport. And we see another trend: women consume less amount of meat,  having a more plant-based diet option like vegetarian or vegan.

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