The decisions made from the Architect for Life services allow individual and team impact on reducing carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is “the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions caused by an organization, event or product”. Carbon footprint is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.
A carbon footprint is also defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide).
An example of a carbon footprint is seen when you drive a car. When driving, the engine burns fuel whi tch creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance.
Another example of a carbon footprint is seen when warming your home or business. When a building is heated with oil, gas or coal, then CO2 is generated. Even if heating with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2.
A third example of a carbon footprint involves purchasing food and goods. The production of the food and goods also emits some quantities of CO2.
Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame.
Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.
Carbon dioxide is also referred to as a greenhouse gas. Other greenhouse gases which might be emitted as a result of human activities include methane and ozone. These greenhouse gases are normally also taken into account for the carbon footprint. They are converted into the amount of CO2 that would cause the same effects on global warming (this is called equivalent CO2 amount).
To calculate your carbon footprint go to http://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition. At this website, graphs shows the total CO2 emission in million tons by country for the year 2002. The data source was the World Resources Institute (WRI).
***The CO2 emissions for the year 2006 were about 12 to 15% higher than the figures shown in the graphs.