What is the carbon footprint index
Carbon Footprint Index (CFI) is an innovative concept developed by EMC. It is calculated considering specific GHG emissions e.g. per km of travel, per sq m of residential area etc. Thus, low carbon footprint alone does not mean that you are "climate friendly". Low carbon foot print intensity also matters! The CFI is a composite of the two. It will help you know if your lifestyle is climate friendly or not.
Why your carbon footprint and index matters?
Half of the GHGs responsible for global warming are emitted due to burning of coal for power generation, combustion of fuels such as petrol and diesel for transport, construction of and activities in residential and commercial buildings and decomposition of waste - all associated with the daily life of an individual on earth. The amount of GHGs emitted due to an individual’s every day activities on a personal level is called “Personal Carbon Footprint (CFP)”. The carbon footprint of an average Indian is 1.4 metric tons of CO2 equivalent in a year.
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How to know your CFP and CFI?
“knowCO2now” - an easy-to-use MS Excel based tool designed by EMC will help you estimate both CFP and CFI based on your response to 14 easy questions. The questions posed relate to a few carbon-intensive activities in your everyday life. An honest answer will help you know your CFP and CFI and how your lifestyle choices could influence the same.
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