What is Carbon Footprint?
Carbon Footprint is the quantity of greenhouse gases (expressed in the number of metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions), emitted into the atmosphere by an individual, organization, process, product, event, trip or business. Greenhouse gas emissions refers to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere due to human activities. Greenhouse gases which include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, trap heat within the atmosphere causing global warming. Examples of greenhouse-gas emitting activities include the burning of fossil fuels for energy, transportation, manufacturing processes as well as land use changes.
Carbon Footprint for tourism and travel?
Tourism is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and individuals who travel will have a much larger Carbon Footprint than an individual who doesn’t travel. The reason being that transportation contributes a huge amount of carbon emissions, with airoplane and car transport being the biggest contributors (compared to other modes of transport). Accommodation and consequent energy-use also add to a large tourism Carbon Footprint.
Reference Source: Nature.org – Carbon Footprint Calculator
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