WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO I CALCULATE THE “CARBON FOOTPRINT”?
The Carbon Footprint is a method to calculate our impact on the environment through the generation of gases that accumulate in the atmosphere, in this methodology, these gases are converted into the equivalent of carbon.
There are many different ways to measure the carbon footprint. But a commonly used metric is carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). This measure takes into account the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
By calculating CO2e, we can better understand how an organization’s operations and products impact the environment. It also allows us to compare the environmental impact of different organizations. Unfortunately, many companies still don’t take the time to calculate their emissions, resulting in a lack of comprehensive data.
However, some companies have made significant progress in this area. For example, Starbucks recently announced via its twitter account and on its official website that it will measure greenhouse gas emissions related to its coffee supply chain. The company also plans to create market-based solutions to reduce emissions across the entire supply chain. By taking these steps, Starbucks hopes other companies will follow its lead and take steps to reduce their impact on the environment.
In addition to large companies, we individually also have a carbon footprint. Through our day-to-day actions, from car smoke to purchases in the market. Of course, it doesn’t compare to the footprints of large industries, but when you add 8 billion people on the planet and their actions, we have a big effect on the environment.
As more companies and people start measuring their emissions, we will have a better idea of how climate change is affecting the planet and also how we can charge and change these numbers. That way we can work together to find a solution. So let’s spread the word! The first step is to start talking about it.
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By Yara Oliveira