What is meant by your Carbon Footprint?
14th June 2010
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For many of us we hear the phrase 'carbon footprint', but how many of us really know what it means or how it affects us, this week at Print Hut we will be looking at what we can do.

"A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent."

It is made up of two parts, primary footprint and secondary footprint. Primary footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation (e.g. car and plane). We have direct control of these.

Secondary footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products we use - those associated with their manufacture and eventual breakdown. To put it very simply – the more we buy the more emissions will be caused on our behalf.


Here at Print Hut, we have calculated out footprint and are now planting trees in the Rift Valley, Kenya.

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