Carbon Footprint

A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon dioxide and all other greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of an individual, organization, or community. In business context, a carbon footprint often refers to the total greenhouse gas emissions of products (expressed in CO2-eq) calculated over its whole life cycle (from extracting the raw materials to its end-of-life). However, this isn't always the case. So, always check which life cycle stages have been incorporated in a product's carbon footprint calculation. Produc carbon footprint calculations are usually calculated using an Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based method. When we look at a company level, a company's carbon footprint is often reffered to as 'carbon accounting'.