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Carbon Footprint

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Carbon cost; Carbon dioxide emissions; Carbon emissions; Greenhouse gas footprint


Carbon footprint is widely defined as the amount of carbon (usually in tons) that is emitted during a process or by an organization or entity. It is a popular metric that appeared in media, conferences, and government and environmental institute’s reports as pressure from the public concerning pollution and its impact on human health mounted. It is generally used as a measure of atmospheric pollution due to anthropogenic activities.


The concern of the public about the climate change and the future of our environment led public bodies and governments to develop metrics for measuring such impact. Footprint frameworks are ideal for such measurements as they enable us to address the problem in a comprehensive way that does not simply shift the burden from one natural system to another. A case for such framework that preexisted the carbon footprint is the ecological footprint....

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Harkiolakis, N. (2013). Carbon Footprint. In: Idowu, S.O., Capaldi, N., Zu, L., Gupta, A.D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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