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Carbon Handprint

  • Kaisa Grönman
  • Heli Kasurinen
  • Ville UusitaloEmail author
  • Sanni Väisänen
  • Risto Soukka
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02006-4_625-1


A carbon handprint is a new approach developed to quantify the positive climate impact of products and services. In contrast to carbon footprint, which refers to negative global warming potential as a consequence of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the life cycle of a product, a carbon handprint indicates the reduced amount of greenhouse gas emissions due to the use of a specific product or a service. A carbon handprint can be thus defined as the beneficial climate impact that organizations can achieve and communicate by providing products or services that reduce the carbon footprints of customers (Grönman et al. 2019).

Carbon handprint builds upon the assumption that reducing the product’s carbon footprint alone is not a handprint. Carbon handprint can be achieved in a provider–customer relationship, when the provided goods, intermediate product, raw material, service, technology, etc. (hereafter: a product), that a customer uses, serves to reduce the...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaisa Grönman
    • 1
  • Heli Kasurinen
    • 1
  • Ville Uusitalo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sanni Väisänen
    • 1
  • Risto Soukka
    • 1
  1. 1.Sustainability ScienceLappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUTLappeenrantaFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Brian T. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUnited Kingdom