The human impact on climate change has been increasingly evident over the last few decades. This impact can now be measured with the help of scientifically established methodologies. Popular calculation refers to this as Carbon Footprinting – the measurement of direct or indirect emissions of Carbon Dioxide and other greenhouse gases expressed in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents. This constitutes a vital indicator to quantitatively understand our impact.
Recent methodologies for the assessment of GHG Emissions include ISO 14064 and The GHG Protocol, the latter being developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The GHG Protocol has been created for various GHG Assessment scenarios which include Corporate, Project & Supply Chain Assessment.
What We Do
Carbon Initiative Forum has developed a carbon calculator to help you measure your impact on the planet using the GHG Protocol’s guidelines. Through this calculator you can measure your impact from :
The energy sector, comprising of electricity production, manufacturing industries, and fugitive emissions emits 32.1 Gigatonnes of greenhouse gases worldwide. Knowing your energy consumption can help assess and mitigate your contribution to this massive problem.
One of the main contributors to climate change,
the transportation sector accounts for 22% of world greenhouse gas emissions. Knowing how your travel patterns impact the Earth is important in this time where personal motorization and urbanisation have seen a boom.
Current annual global Municipal Solid Waste generation levels are approximately 1.3 billion, and it is expected to increase twofold by 2025. The more garbage you produce, the more your personal emissions of greenhouse gases will go up; from food to paper to any type of consumer product (and the packaging all this comes in) takes energy to produce that results in greenhouse gas emissions. Awareness of your waste generation is increasingly important to curb the same.
Airplanes emit particles and gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, lead and black carbon which interact among themselves and with the atmosphere. Aviation produces around 2% of the world’s man-made emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).