Carbon footprint

DEFINITION: 

The total amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere that is produced directly or indirectly by human activities. It can be calculated to measure the emissions emitted by products, services, individuals, companies or nations. The standard unit of measurement for carbon footprints is carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

See also: Carbon budget

See also: Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

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