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Carbon footprinting

The carbon footprint of a business, system, activity or product, is a representation of its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; which for the sake of simplicity is usually expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent (for other GHGs) emitted. It is evolution of the concept of an ecological footprint, and is really a sub-set of it. It is also an integral element of a full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

A carbon footprint is calculated from an assessment of the GHG emissions resulting from the activity / business (etc.) and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of those gasses compared top that of CO2 (i.e. carbon dioxide equivalents). Having obtained this figure (and it’s make-up) it is then possible to develop a strategy for reducing a business’s carbon footprint, and make a contribution in assisting the country to meet its GHG reduction targets.

AERU has an extensive track record in the calculation of carbon footprints for a number of agricultural, horticultural and agri-environmental practices and systems, including work carried out for:

For information on these and our other carbon footprinting projects, or to discuss your carbon footprinting needs, please contact us at

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