A carbon footprint is the total sum of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person. As we are aware, the increasing concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere can accelerate climate change and global warming, it is very necessary to measure these emissions from our day to day activities. The first step towards managing GHG emissions is to measure them. There are some standards and guidelines to measure GHG emissions like GHG protocol, ISO 14064, the more comprehensive one Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), market-based mechanisms like Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and Voluntary Carbon Standards (VCS), etc. Out of them, ISO 14064 is an offset protocol and independent, voluntary GHG project accounting standard help to quantify GHG emission of the organization, event, product, or person.
The following schematic shows how ISO14064 help to calculate the carbon footprint of an organization, event, product, or person;
Calculate your home Carbon footprint;
Our day to day activities is moreover dependent on electricity which is mostly coming from coal-based power plants, Diesel and Petrol for our vehicles and LPG for cooking in our kitchen. All of the energy we use is derived from these fossil fuels which are GHG intensive. The following methodology helps you to calculate your carbon footprint resulting from the use of Electricity, Petrol, Diesel, and LPG.
Step 1- Data collection;
Step 2 – Calculation Methodology;
Divide final value (no 5) with 1000 so that you get a total carbon footprint in a ton of CO2.
The final Carbon footprint should be in tons of CO2 (tCO2.).
Know more about the source of emission factors;
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