...A carbonfootprint is "the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product" . For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted. The concept name of the carbonfootprint originates from ecological footprint discussion. The carbonfootprint is a subset of the ecological footprint and of the more comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). An individual, nation, or organization's carbonfootprint can be measured by undertaking a GHG emissions assessment. Once the size of a carbonfootprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it, e.g. by technological developments, better process and product management, changed Green Public or Private Procurement (GPP), Carbon capture, consumption strategies, and others. The mitigation of carbonfootprints through the development of alternative projects, such as solar or wind energy or reforestation, represents one way of reducing a carbonfootprint and is often known as Carbon offsetting. The term carbonfootprint is simply a measure of how much carbon dioxide that you are personally responsible...
We are being advised to reduce our Carbon Footprint discuss significance of this for us and industry
Our Carbon Footprint is unique to us as individuals measuring the drastic effect our
lives are having on the environment. Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse
gases we produce through transport, rubbish, burning fuel for electricity and heating.
Greenhouse gas is made up of four principal gases, carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane
(CH4), nitrous oxide (N20) and the halocarbons. These gases have global warming
Potential, with the most common being CO2.
Our Carbon Footprint is calculated in two sections. We have our Primary Footprint or
direct footprint, this is a calculation of the areas in which we control. Ranging from
are cars, air travel, electricity and heating. Then our secondary footprint or indirect
footprint, which we cannot control, this is the measurement of the greenhouse gases
from the products that we use on a daily basis. The measurement is calculated from
the making of the product until it is eventually broken down. Next time you are in the
supermarket just stop and think how much greenhouse gas has been released into
the atmosphere for a small item that has been over packaged. We must take action
to reduce our Carbon Footprint in order to combat climate change, our environment
is changing at an alarming rate.
Reducing your Carbon Footprint may be easier for some than others, although there
are many things that can be implemented around the home with little effort. Be wise
when lighting your home. Are you making good use of the natural light that enters
your home? Probably not. Lets start getting into the habit of switching off lights when
leaving a room and picking up the energy saving light bulbs that are widely available
in supermarkets today. Filling the kettle to the acquired level will save on water and
electricity used. By keeping televisions radios and computers switched off when not