Carbon Footprint

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Carbon Footprint
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-15

Carbon Footprint means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Carbon footprint is the total set of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by an organisation, event or product. For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted (1). A tool to for calculating and reporting citywide GHG emissions was developed by WRI, C40 and ICLEI in 2015 (the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)). Building on consolidated methodologies and approaches, the tool aim to overcome existing challenges including inconsistent methods, data quality, data aggregation, boundary setting and to allow for credible and meaningful reporting (2)

1) UK Carbon Trust, http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/cut-carbon-reduce-costs/calculate/carbon-footprinting/Pages/carbon-footprinting.aspx; 2) the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) at http://ghgprotocol.org/files/ghgp/GHGP_GPC.pdf