RSS
 

What Is A Carbon Footprint – Definition

13 Aug

A carbon footprint is 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).

In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted 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. The best way is to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions based on the fuel consumption. In the next step you can add the CO2 emission to your carbon footprint. Below is a table for the most common used fuels:

Examples:

For each (UK-) gallon of petrol fuel consumed, 10.4 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted.
For each (US-) gallon of gasoline fuel consumed, 8.7 kg carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted.
If your car consumes 7.5 liter diesel per 100 km, then a drive of 300 km distance consumes 3 x 7.5 = 22.5 liter diesel, which adds 22.5 x 2.7 kg = 60.75 kg CO2 to your personal carbon footprint.

fuel type unit CO2 emitted per unit
Petrol 1 gallon (UK) 10.4 kg
Petrol 1 liter 2.3 kg
Gasoline 1 gallon (USA) 8.7 kg
Gasoline 1 liter 2.3 kg
Diesel 1 gallon (UK) 12.2 kg
Diesel 1 gallon (USA) 9.95 kg
Diesel 1 liter 2.7 kg
Oil (heating) 1 gallon (UK) 13.6 kg
Oil (heating) 1 gallon (USA) 11.26 kg
Oil (heating) 1 liter 3 k

Each of the following activities add 1 kg of CO2 to your personal carbon footprint:

Travel by public transportation (train or bus) a distance of 10 to 12 km (6.5 to 7 miles)
Drive with your car a distance of 6 km or 3.75 miles (assuming 7.3 litres petrol per 100 km or 39 mpg)
Fly with a plane a distance of 2.2 km or 1.375 miles.
Operate your computer for 32 hours (60 Watt consumption assumed)
Production of 5 plastic bags
Production of 2 plastic bottles
Production of 1/3 of an American cheeseburger (yes, the production of each cheeseburger emits 3.1 kg of CO2!)

To calculate the above contributions to the carbon footprint, the current UK mix for electricity and trains was taken into account.

Carbon dioxide is a so called greenhouse gas causing global warming. Other greenhouse gases which might be emitted as a result of your activities are e.g. 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).

Few people express their carbon footprint in kg carbon rather than kg carbon dioxide. You can always convert kg carbon dioxide in kg carbon by multiplying with a factor 0.27 (1′000 kg CO2 equals 270 kg carbon).

The carbon footprint is a very powerful tool to understand the impact of personal behavior on global warming. Most people are shocked when they see the amount of CO2 their activities create! If you personally want to contribute to stop global warming, the calculation and constant monitoring of your personal carbon footprint is essential.

 
  1. Debora Forsell

    August 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & aid other users like its aided me. Good job.

     
  2. Irwin Warnasch

    August 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Just wanna say thank you for the information which you simply have been sharing. I found your site and genuinely appreciate what you are performing.Thanks for nice sharing.

     
  3. Fabian Woodrome

    August 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Wow, it is a fantastic news. The combination of technologies and good concept should make up some thing extraordinary.

     
  4. Burton Haynes

    August 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Nice Post, will keep following for more

     
  5. Adrienne Landau

    August 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Congratulations to one of the most experienced of blogs I have found! Its amazing how you can bring something fundamentally different in a way that is visually beautiful. You have created a blog space for large photos, videos, a page layout. This blog is definitely a must see!

     
  6. Yulanda Teuscher

    August 24, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Hello, this is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting in your blog especially on how to determine the topic. keep up the good work.

     
  7. Issac Bahrke

    August 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    This is a wonderfully written article. You must have done a lot of research in this area. You have made this topic easy to read, interesting and easy to understand.

     
  8. Jen Blanks

    August 26, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I admire the valuable information you give within your articles.I enjoying reading your post. You make right points in a concise and pertinent fashion, This is a really good read for me, many thanks to the author

     
  9. Angela

    August 27, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Oh, a great written report! No idea how you wrote this text..it’d take me days. Well worth it though, I’d assume. Have you considered selling banners on your website?

     
  10. Shirley Panella

    August 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    This is a wonderfully written article. You must have done a lot of research in this area. You have made this topic easy to read, interesting and easy to understand.

     
  11. Mitchel Mahone

    August 31, 2011 at 2:51 am

    we found your website on reddit and also considered i would are available in and also have a appear. interesting concept you’ve however will have a couple of other people p oker you’ve got an interest. they might help or even might not but its well worth an attempt.

     
  12. Laraine Krakowsky

    August 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I admire the useful data you offer you inside your articles.Great post, You make 100% right points in a concise and pertinent fashion, I will read more of your stuff, many thanks to the author

     
  13. Tanja Damboise

    August 31, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for offering up this article to readers everywhere. It’s good information with a lot of hutzpah. You pack a great punch with your views.

     
  14. Kris Villwock

    September 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    This is a wonderfully written article. You must have done a lot of research in this area. You have made this topic easy to read, interesting and easy to understand.

     
  15. Trenton Meray

    September 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Great article! I really enjoyed the reading. I am hoping to read more from you. I think you have great insight and vision. I am highly impressed with this information.

     
  16. Gabriella Boydstun

    September 6, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I’ve been checking your blog for a while now, seems like everyday I learn something new :-) Thanks

     
  17. Kathaleen Loner

    September 6, 2011 at 2:20 am

    This is my first time I have visited your site. I found a lot of interesting information in your blog. From the volume of comments on your posts, I guess I am not the only one! keep up the great work.

     
  18. Magaret Likar

    September 10, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I was just having a conversation over this I am glad I came across this it cleared some of the questions I had.

     
  19. Yulanda Teuscher

    September 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Nice post! You truly have a wonderful way of writing which I find captivating! I will definitely be bookmarking you and returning to your blog. In fact, your post reminded me about a strange thing that happened to me the other day. I’ll tell you about that later…

     
  20. Rashad Lenehan

    September 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Hi, Good weblog. Some truly wonderful posts on this blog, thank you for contribution.

     
  21. Willard Felicione

    September 18, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Hello, Wonderful article! This is my first time i visit here. I discovered so numerous fascinating stuff in your weblog.

     
  22. Dayna Purdue

    September 19, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Great website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

     
  23. Kathryn Gross

    September 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Excellent site. Plenty of helpful information here. I was looking for this.Thanks for sharing!

     
  24. Markus Leibman

    September 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Nice weblog! Plenty of helpful information here. I was looking for this.Thanks for sharing!

     
  25. Martha Lyda

    September 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Good site! Plenty of helpful information here. I was looking for this.Thanks for sharing!

     
  26. Laraine Vinal

    September 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Thanks, what a good post and informative blog, I will bookmark this blog. Thanks

     
  27. Tanesha Larousse

    September 24, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Hey, Wonderful work, I’ve bookmarked this page and have a feeling I’ll be returning to it regularly.

     
  28. Barton Galioto

    September 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Some genuinely interesting information, well written and loosely user pleasant.

     
  29. Isis Biehl

    September 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Intriguing post. I have been searching for some good resources for solar panels and discovered your blog. Planning to bookmark this one!

     
  30. subliminal video

    October 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is actually a tremendous web site.

     
  31. Sadie Jeans

    October 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Hey, Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Msn to be able to locate it!

     
  32. Talisha Tanen

    October 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Great read. Thanks for the info!

     
  33. George Masterson

    October 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great style and design .

     
  34. Carmon Gata

    October 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This post makes a lot of sense !

     
  35. Rachael Garkow

    October 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Intriguing post. I have been searching for some good resources for solar panels and discovered your blog. Planning to bookmark this one!

     
  36. Audria Wamble

    October 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Good! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

     
  37. Matilde Ysaguirre

    October 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I would like to say “wow” what a inspiring post. This is really great. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

     
  38. Shery Fraize

    November 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Of course, what a great site and informative posts, I will add backlink – bookmark this site? Regards, Reader

     
  39. Jacquline Youell

    November 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

     
  40. Susie Elewa

    November 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Have been looking at this site for some time now…Keep up the good work . Got to know things that i did not before. Cheers!

     
  41. Nancie Paschall

    December 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I simply could not depart your web site before suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard information a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to inspect new posts.

     
  42. Phylis Blohm

    December 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the great work! Cool blog. There are a number of opinions on this topic and this blog states the issue extremely great.

     
  43. Bethann Fersner

    January 7, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Hello, Nice article, I’ve bookmarked this page and have a feeling I’ll be returning to it regularly.

     
  44. efter att andra meningar för att betala för ämnet

    April 16, 2012 at 1:37 am

    There are some fascinating points in time on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity however I will take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

     
  45. Issac Maez

    August 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Great site…I bookmarked it and will return often….

     
  46. Luigi Fulk

    August 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Great site…I bookmarked it and will return often….

     
  47. Luigi Fulk

    August 22, 2012 at 2:07 am

    So very true….Thanks for blogging this….

     
  48. 16 inch virgin brazilian wavy

    December 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your blog http://00cheapbzhair.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-1.html

     
 
LED Blog