Carbon Footprint is generally defined as “the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.” Specifically it is “a measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks and storage within the spatial and temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest. Calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) using the relevant 100-year global warming potential (GWP100).”
Greenhouse gases can be emitted in several ways, through means of transportation, land development and clearance, and the production and consumption of food, fuels, manufactured goods, materials, woods, roads, buildings, and services.
A Carbon Footprint is measured by conducting a GHG emissions assessment. Once the size of a carbon footprint is known, alternative solutions can be suggested to reduce it, through technological developments, better project and product management, revised Green Pubic or Private procurement (GPP), carbon rapture, and strategies for consumption.
Carbon Footprint Management Services:
- The first step is to estimate and assess carbon emissions.
- The second step is to neutralize carbon emissions by identifying ways and means for reducing these emissions.
- Carbon Offsets: Once reduction has reached its limit, and subsequent to the above steps, identify alternative projects to mitigate and/or manage carbon footprints.