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For families wanting to minimise the environmental impact of a funeral, we can now calculate the exact carbon footprint for the event which in turn informs their choices about how to make a funeral ‘greener’, either by arranging a carbon net-zero funeral, or buying carbon credits to offset the cost.

A Greener Goodbyes app calculates the carbon footprint of a funeral based on a family’s decisions around key elements that typically make up a funeral – whether to cremate or bury, choice of coffin and other transport, having flowers, venue, vehicles and number of attendees. These elements can be measured to provide a carbon footprint value equivalent. Armed with this knowledge, families can choose more environmentally friendly options or they can buy carbon credits to offset the carbon cost.