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. When you heat your office with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your office with electricity, the generation of 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, which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually, a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year.
What can you do Now?
Immediately, you start calculating your own climate footprint through a 3-step method:
- Measure your greenhouse gas emissions. also called the carbon footprint;
- Reduce them as much as possible through your own actions; and
- Compensate those which cannot be currently avoided by using UN certified emission reductions (CERs), or other types of carbon credit.
We can provide more information for a supplier to help start measuring and implementing some reduction methods.