CO2 Emissions and the Climate Footprint

What is the Climate Footprint?

Many of our actions, such as using energy from fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), generate greenhouse gas emissions. These contribute to accelerating global warming and climate change. An organisation's climate footprint is a representation of the effect the organisation has on the climate in terms of the total amount of greenhouse gases produced.

By measuring your organisation's Climate Footprint you can get a better sense of what your impact is and which parts of your business deserve the greatest attention. Armed with such information you can more readily take effective action to shrink your Climate Footprint, thereby minimizing your organisation's impact on the climate.

The Climate Footprint is also called the carbon footprint. We prefer the term Climate Footprint, because safeguarding the climate for future generations is what matters. And because carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is not the only man-made greenhouse gas - it is simply the one that has accumulated the most in the atmosphere and is presently having the greatest cumulative warming effect on our planet. Human sources of carbon dioxide primarily include the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and deforestation. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased 30% since pre-industrial times.

The Climate Footprint is measured in units of carbon dioxide (CO2 equivalents). Emissions of other greenhouse gases can be converted into units of carbon dioxide based on their relative global warming potentials. This standardized approach simplifies things and makes for easier and more meaningful comparisons.

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