Sunday, September 20, 2009

My Carbon Foot Print

What is Carbon Foot Print?

The definition of the Carbon Foot Print can be as follows.

‘‘The total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by an [individual, event, organisation, product] expressed as CO2e.’’ 1

The carbon foot print of above parties encompasses three ways of carbon emissions.

1. Direct emissions that result from activities such as combustion of fuels, emission of gases during operation, production and manufacture, and running of a vehicle fleet

2. Emissions from electricity usage

3. Indirect emissions from products and services that the organization does not directly control (Emmision from indirect activities of the main process such as preparation and transport of the raw materials)

Carbon Foot Print Calculators

There are many online and offline carbon foot print calculators available. I choose http://www.carbonfootprint.com/ which is an online calculator which encompasses two solutions for business and individual calculations.

This calculator provides calculations on following major areas.

1. Home

2. Flights

3. Car

4. Motorbike

5. Bus and train

6. Secondary

Results – My Calculated Carbon Foot Print

Category

CO2 equivalent (tones)

Home

0.17

Flights

0

Car

0

Motorbike

0

Bus and train

0.37

Secondary

4.72

Following image will illustrate the comparison of my carbon foot print with world target and Sri Lankan average


Comparison

Carbon Foot Print

Value CO2 equivalent

My Foot Print

5.25

Average footprint for people in Sri Lanka

0.61

World Target to reduce climate crisis

2

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