Date: 03 Mar 2009

Carbon footprinting—opportunities and threats

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Background

There are surprisingly many people out there that obviously think that carbon footprinting is a new thing. They obviously are not aware of the fact that it has been around for decades—just being called differently, i.e. the result of the life cycle impact category indicator global warming potential (GWP). However, carbon footprinting (CFP) is really fashionable these days. Like with all fashion, not all that glitters is gold.

Taking carbon footprinting as the one and only yardstick, one has to face life-threatening trade-offs. If carbon footprint is the way to go, we need to shut down each waste-water treatment plant in the world, because it leads to an increased carbon footprint. You should also tear out the catalytic converter and diesel particulate filters from cars, because they lead to a higher CFP. Nuclear power would be obviously a most preferable energy generation option, because it has a lower carbon footprint than even most renewable energy sources—at least based on ...