What is a carbon footprint?

The fight against climate change and society’s commitment to mitigate its consequences have undoubtedly led to the creation of a “glossary” of terms under sustainability. 

These are concepts that we hear everyday, as this information is currently present in the agenda of many countries and all over the media. 

We have already explained in previous articles what CO2 emissions are, global warming, and its relationship with climate change; In this post, we will explain the concept of carbon footprint.

Definition of carbon footprint

The carbon footprint is an environmental indicator that reflects the number of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted directly or indirectly by a person, a service, or a product. 

The result is expressed in tons of CO2 equivalent, a measure that in terms of CO2 shows the greenhouse effect potential of the other gases and therefore the global warming it can induce.

There is a carbon footprint in everything we do that emits greenhouse gases, such as the type of transport we use daily or the type of diet we follow, the amount of energy we use, if it is renewable or non-renewable…

Climate change & carbon footprint

We have just mentioned that the carbon footprint is the result of the set of greenhouse gases that are released with a certain action.

GHGs are naturally present in the atmosphere, although the increase in their presence in recent decades is due to human activity.  Releasing them in large quantities into the atmosphere intensifies the greenhouse effect, allowing less heat to escape and producing what we know as global warming, which is causing climate change. 

As it is related to our lifestyle and consumption habits, knowing our carbon footprint is really important. Acknowledging this data will make us understand those aspects that we can improve in order to reduce our environmental impact.

A climate-neutral Europe by 2050

In November 2018, the European Commission presented a long-term strategic vision with the ambition of becoming the first continent to achieve climate neutrality by 2050

What does this mean? It means that the purpose is to achieve a net-zero emissions economy. According to the European Commission, in order to achieve this goal the strategy will focus on 7 areas:

  1. Energy efficiency.
  2. Deployment of renewable energy.
  3. Clean, safe and connected mobility.
  4. Competitive industry and the circular economy.
  5. Infrastructure and interconnections.
  6. Bio-economy and natural carbon sinks.
  7. Carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.

The Planet App aims to help the users to be part of the climate-neutral Europe project. Do you know your carbon footprint and how to reduce it? With The Planet App we will help you to easily estimate the amount of your emissions and if you wish, we will become your sustainability coach so that you can achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.