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A Carbon Footprint (CF) is a measure of the impact of various activities on the environment, and in particular, its consequences towards climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) produced by daily activities such as burning fossil fuels for electricity, cooling, transportation, etc. A CF analysis highlights the main GHG contributors and helps in setting better targets and implementing measurable actions to reach the set targets and reduce future CF.
 

EcoConsulting carries out the necessary detailed analysis and calculations to estimate the CF of an event, project, building, or site. Appropriate short, medium and long-term recommendations are then given to mitigate future GHG and CO2 emissions, and potentially offset those emissions through other complementary actions.

 

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Some of the Carbon Footprint (CF) analyses which our team has undertaken are briefly described below. Do not hesitate to contact our team for further information or to undertake a CF analysis.


As part of a full campus “greening” project conducted by Yelloblue, EcoConsulting was sub-contracted in 2013 to carry out a detailed CF analysis of the Notre Dame University (NDU) campus in Lebanon. The aim was to measure and outline the major contributors to NDU’s baseline operational CF, which in turn would allow the NDU to evaluate, reduce, and monitor their future energy usage and GHG emissions mitigation efforts. The results demonstrated that the lack of a good level of public transportation in the country made this category the highest GHG emissions contributor and generated CF (45%) followed by the type of energy sources used to power, heat, and cool the university (43%).


EcoConsulting also undertook the CF analysis of the Queen’s Birthday Party, a 4-hour event organized in May 2013 by the British Embassy in Lebanon. The results confirmed that catering (80%) followed by transportation (15%) had the highest share in the generated GHG. Following our CF estimations of the event’s activities, the British Embassy subsequently organized a corporate event and planted 320 trees in the fall of 2013, during the most favourable planting season, to offset the event’s associated CO2 emissions and succeed in organizing a Carbon Neutral party.


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Greenhouse gases are emissions that rise into the atmosphere and trap the sun’s energy, keeping more heat on Earth and creating rising land and ocean surface temperature –this is what we refer to as Global Warming.
Greenhouse gas emissions are natural occurrences; however, arbitrary human activities (mostly due to burning fossil fuel such as oil and gas, and incineration) have created man-made greenhouse emissions; further exacerbating this global warming.
Global Warming results in physical and climatic changes such as decreases in snow cover and sea ice; extreme temperatures; desertification; increased flooding intensity due to rising sea level; stronger hurricanes and cyclones…this varies from region to region.

Humans are 18% carbon; and carbon is an element found in every living thing on our planet. Measuring how much CO2 our activities produce, among other Greenhouse gases, is how we calculate our Carbon Footprint, or in other words, our global warming impact on the planet.

 

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