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     This webliography consists of articles, researches, web pages, and web resources on carbon footprint. Carbon footprint is defined as "a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

[Source: http://www.who.int/topics/reproductive_health/en/]

 

What is a carbon footprint?

This video by CleanAgency defines carbon footprint and explains why measuring carbon is important to sustain success in business. 

 

 

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The Bare Necessities: How Much Household Carbon Do We Really Need?

     This working paper is part of a series developed by the Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). The document talks about how to develop tools on carbon footprinting that could look into the people's lifestyles and practices, and tell how much energy is consumed and carbon is emitted by these activities.

Carbon Footprint: What It Is and How To Measure It

     This document is an information leaflet on carbon footprint. It is intended to help organizations to get started on their operations efficiently and effectively, taking into account the existing international standards and European reference data on this topic.

Carbon Footprint of Electricity Generation

     This article tackles the carbon footprint emission of electricity generation technologies. A background information on carbon footprint, its calculation, the European policy surrounding it, and the issues in reducing carbon footprint are also taken up here.

Carbon Footprint of Nations: A Global, Trade-linked Analysis

     This study tackles the greenhouse gas emissions of 73 nations and 14 aggregate world regions in relation to their consumption of goods and services. Results show that the footprint of said nations strongly correlates with their per capita consumption expenditure.

Carbon Footprint Report: Fiscal Year 2008

     This CO2logic report was intended to aid the decision makers and members of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) to better understand these organizations' impact on climate change and find out how they fared year after year. This report is composed of two parts: analysis of the CO2 emissions emitted by the organizations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 and the company's exposure to a carbon tax or a cap and trade system.

Carbon Footprinting: An Introduction for Organisations

     This publication carries a basic discussion about carbon footprint -- the reason why it has to be calculated, the basic approach to carbon footprinting -- that eventually lead to a complete environmental management system of an organization. It is intended to aid businesses and organizations in establishing their carbon impact, and introduces them to the issues of carbon footprinting.

A Definition of 'Carbon Footprint'

     With the many definitions describing what 'carbon footprint' is all about, this report presents a literature and methodology that finally suggests a scientific definition to the term, based on commonly accepted accounting principles and modeling approaches.

Global Footprint Network

     This short article presents "how carbon emissions compare and interacts with other elements of human demand". It also shows the Footprint framework that aids in sorting out the carbon emission dilemma. The Global Footprint Network is a non-profit, research organization.

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

     This is a comprehensive document of The Kyoto Protocol, which is "an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

Methodology for Estimating Carbon Footprint of Road Projects: Case Study: India

     This case study report was carried out by the South Asia Transport and Communications (SATC) division of the Asian Development Bank to look into the different methods in calculating the carbon footprint from the road activities in India. The outcome of the study revealed the total carbon footprint of selected roads in three phases: construction, operation and maintenance.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Can Be Good for Your Health

     This WHO document lists down a few suggestions on how one can reduce his carbon emissions related to everyday activities. The recommendations are intended for the good of one's health.

Six Products, Six Carbon Footprints

     This article, written by Jeff Ball for The Wall Street Journal, provides an overview of carbon footprinting by examining the footprints left behind by six common products that people use every day: cars, shoes, laundry detergent, clothing, milk and beer. This piece of publication proves to be very useful to consumers in calculating the "footprints" they contribute at a level that they can relate.

The Value of Detailed Logistics Information in Carbon Footprints

     This document deals with the calculation of carbon footprints using detailed logistics information. A study was conducted where the carbon footprint emitted when five different products were transported from a factory in Asia to a distribution center in the United States was calculated using two methods. Significant results were presented.

Where Does the Carbon Footprint Fall: Developing a Carbon Map of Food Production

     This article revolves around the concept of local food, where reduced emissions of greenhouse gases in the food chain are identified as one of its significant advantages. This report likewise presents an in-depth discussion about the definition of local food by looking into two case study dairy farms. Inputs to these case studies were also documented.


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Compiled by: Christine M. Abrigo 
Date: March 2011

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