Posted by: admin | August 14, 2009

Measuring the Carbon Footprint

Now that we know what is meant by the carbon footprint, we can learn a lot about the effects different types of technologies, industries and even populations have on the environment, at least as far as the production of GHG is concerned.

In a Swedish study it was found that the overall amount of GHG emissions was minimal in the production of electricity via hydroelectric and nuclear power production of electricity. Wind power was a close runner-up. Even though no GHG is produced by wind power during operation, there is a small carbon footprint caused by construction of the infrastructure needed for wind production.

In another study, groups of people of varying ages were studied to see which age group had the largest carbon footprint. In a study conducted in the UK by the Stockholm Environment Institute it was found that people between the ages of 50 and 65 years old have a higher carbon footprint than any other age group. The overall average carbon footprint for people of all ages is 12 tonnes/capita per year, while the 50-65 group had about 13.5 tonnes per person per year.

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