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Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprinting is a tool to help reduce carbon emissions. It is one part of sustainability, not the whole, and needs to be viewed within the overall environmental context.

Carbon Footprinting is also an evaluation tool to help increase energy efficiency. A Carbon Footprint is the total amount of fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) and other GHGs (green house gases) emitted over the full lifecycle of a product, process, company, location or service. Normally, it is expressed as a CO2 equivalent (mass of CO2-e) to allow the different properties of six defined GHGs to be expressed collectively as a carbon dioxide equivalent, 'equivalent' means having the same warming effect over 100 years.

For more information see the special report "Carbon Footprint & Energy Reduction for the Graphic Industry Value Chain" available as a free download.

Carbon Footprint Calculation

The objective of Carbon Footprinting is to measure the emissions of a business, production site, product, or service. The primary reason to do this is to drive steps to reduce GHG emissions and fossil energy use. A secondary reason is to act as a base for carbon compensation and communication. If you would like to know more about carbon calculation go to

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