Teacher ideas: getting started with the AGC

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What you need

Access to the internet

Teaching focus

Provide guidance and support to students on how to use the Australian Greenhouse Calculator (AGC).

What to do

Review the AGC with students. Ensure they have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with the calculator.

Refer to the How to use the AGC downloadable tutorial.

The quick mode is a suitable starting point for students to start exploring the AGC. Highlight to students the two levels of calculations that the AGC performs.

  • Quick mode: Each module opens in quick mode. This mode provides students with a good indication of their family's annual greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions. The quick mode has a smaller number of options to be completed than the detailed mode, and is quicker to finish!
  • Detailed mode: Select the detailed mode if students would like a more accurate estimate of their annual ghgs. The detailed mode contains more options than the quick mode and takes into consideration their lifestyle choices about energy use.

Generally students will have a relatively good idea about how to answer the questions about their lifestyle and related energy use. However, they will need to gather information from home for most questions.

Have students devise a table to record their questions about the data they are unsure about. Students can then complete their family's profile more accurately. The table has been provided as an example.

Module Questions Answers
Transport, personal

What size car do we have?

How many kilometres do we travel every year?


Transport, public How far do you travel on the train to work?



How many incandescent light globes do we have?

How many compact fluorescent lamps do we have?


Food and shopping

How much do we spend on food and drink per week?

How much do we spend on consumer goods in a year?



Prompt students to think about their energy use by asking questions such as:

  • In what modules does your family use the most energy and produce the most ghgs? Are the modules for energy use and ghgs emissions the same?
  • Can you think of any situations where your family can use lots of energy but produce no ghgs?

Further questions

  • What are your annual ghg emissions? In what units are they measured?
  • What part of your lifestyle has the greatest/least impact on of ghgs generated?
  • What are three things you found out while exploring the AGC?