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.

You can become a part of this initiative by making
your own workplace/institution Carbon Neutral.

For any assistance for your institution or any comments, concerns or suggestions please contact

Riya Kesari





CO2 Balance Of School

The table below shows our findings :

Total Carbon Emission from Billabong school in year 2014-15
  Emission Source Emission Quantity (KG)
  School Building 1,36,972
  Kitchen 11,583
  School Transport 2,12,392
  Private Transport 1,54,617
  Total 5,15,564

Details Of Sources Of CO2

Major sources of carbon emission were identified:

  • School building
  • Kitchen
  • Transport

The major contributors to Carbon dioxide emission were identified as Electricity use in school building and campus, Cooking Gas and Electricity use in School Kitchen, School Buses used to transport children and Private Cars used by Children and Staff. The analysis concluded that the total Carbon dioxide emission by all components is 511054 kg per year. The percentage contribution of School Building is 27% that of Kitchen is 2 %, that of School Buses is 41 % and that of Private vehicles is 29%. A survey was conducted in the school to find out amount carbon emitted from the different sources, with the help of an Emission factor chart.

Strategies For Sequestration

7 strategies were identified in order to neutralize the carbon emission.

Total Carbon Sequestration Potential - 5, 15, 564


Roof Top - Solar energy
146, 0000


Transportation emission, monitoring & reduction 15, 460

Birthday Vow
12, 000


New Plantation
324, 565



Energy Efficiency
13, 608


Paper Recycling
1, 500


Roof Top - Rainwater Harvesting 2, 430



What We Did To Make The Project Work :

  • To identify, along with the school management, different activities that lead to carbon emissions.
  • To assess the sources of energy used and quantity of energy used for different activities. This has been done using surveys, discussions and through available records.
  • The carbon emission by each activity was calculated.
  • Steps were identified that lead to lower carbon emission, by reducing energy consumption or changing usage habits or patterns or by changing sources of energy.
  • A plan was developed to have plantations for offsetting the carbon emissions, which cannot be reduced.

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