What Is A Carbon Footprint?
A Carbon Footprint refers to the amount of Carbon Dioxide that is emitted during the production and consumption of products or services. Having a “Zero Carbon Footprint” also known as “Carbon Neutrality” means achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing the measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount of offset, which absorbs the CO2.
So each time that we use our car, turn on the light or even use paper we contribute to the global Carbon Count. Today, it has become imperative that we do everything in our power to lower this increasing carbon count. In order to do so we must not only cut back on our consumption but also nullify the carbon already released or that will be released in the future. The best practice for organizations and individuals seeking carbon neutral status entails reducing and/or avoiding carbon emissions first, and then only unavoidable emissions are offset. In a project as such this one it is necessary that there is cooperation and commitment from everyone at each level.
IPCC has concluded that Climate system warming is unequivocal both in Atmosphere and the Ocean, and the Green House Gases of carbon dioxide; nitrous oxide and methane are extremely likely to be the dominant cause of the warming. are increasing in the atmosphere and UNFCC has estimated that this will lead to higher atmospheric temperatures. The impact of this will lead to rising sea levels and erratic climatic changes. The contribution of CO2 to Green house Gases is estimated to be 75 %.
Objective of Zero Carbon Campaign :
The project identified the sources of carbon dioxide emission by the activities in the school, especially in the sectors of transportation of staff and students to school, energy usage in the school building and kitchen, calculated the carbon dioxide emission for each of them, developed strategies to reduce the carbon dioxide emission to the maximum extent possible, and to identify and implement steps to offset the remaining carbon dioxide emission.