The carbon footprint is a measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions that are directly or indirectly caused by an activity, or that are accumulated over the life span of a product, person, an organization, or even a city or state. Carbon footprinting is a measure by which a company or individual can calculate how much carbon emissions have been produced during a project or time period. Usually, there are two major reasons for wanting to determine a carbon footprint—to manage the footprint and reduce emissions over time, and/or to report the footprint accurately to a third party.

An organization's carbon footprint is a measurement of its three main types of carbon emissions: those from activities the organization ...

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