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A carbon footprint corresponds to the whole amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) produced to, directly and indirectly, support a person’s lifestyle and activities. Carbon footprints are usually measured in equivalent tons of CO2, during the period of a year, and they can be associated with an individual, an organization, a product or an event, among others.
The GHGs whose sum results in a carbon footprint can come from the production and consumption of fossil fuels, food, manufactured goods, materials, roads or transportation. And despite its importance, carbon footprints are difficult to calculate exactly due to poor knowledge and short data regarding the complex interactions between contributing processes – including the influence of natural processes that store or release carbon dioxide.
According to WHO, a carbon footprint is a measure of the impact your activities have on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced through the burning of fossil fuels and is expressed as a weight of CO2 emissions produced in tonnes.
How To Measure My Personal Carbon Footprint?
The carbon footprint is a very important means to understand the impact of a person’s behavior on global warming. This is why someone who effectively wants to contribute to stopping global warming, at least on an individual scale, needs to measure and keep track of their personal carbon footprint.
And here is where online calculators come in. For instance, by using the carbon footprint calculators from WWF, TerraPass (includes calculator for companies and events) or the UN you’ll be asked to provide pieces of information such as: how you commute to work, what your usual diet is, how much you drive or fly, the size of your household, or what type of electricity the grid provides you.
The result you’ll get won’t be perfect or very much accurate – and there are several reasons why. First, because carbon footprint calculators use standard values that aren’t always right for a multiple of possible situations. For instance, when you type how many miles you drive on average, a certain reference value for the CO2/emissions/mile will be multiplied by your miles and then by 12 months. However, both numbers are estimations: sometimes you drive more than you actually told the calculator, and perhaps you drive a 4×4 truck and not an SUV as the calculator is expecting.
How To Reduce My Personal Carbon Footprint?
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