Carbon calculators & carbon footprinting
Carbon calculators are quickly gaining popularity as tools available for people, governments and businesses who are seeking to reduce the carbon footprints associated with their leisure, business, or household activities. In light of this need, CSA offers carbon calculator development and deployment services for government, industry, and other clients. These are premised on the principles underlying the ISO-14064 standards for GHG quantification and reporting; namely,
- that emission estimates and estimates of reductions are generated in a transparent and accessible manner;
- that all methodological and analytical routines are laid out as clearly as possible;
- that there is rigour in the GHG estimate and reduction assertion.
What activities are carbon calculators used for?
Carbon calculators can be developed for nearly any activity that results in GHG emissions to the atmosphere. This includes such things as emissions from energy use (e.g. energy used for home heating or transportation), industrial processes (e.g. cement or steel production), waste and waste management (e.g. anaerobic digestion in landfills or the lifecycle emission impacts of recycling), or agriculture (e.g. emissions from soils or enteric fermentation by cattle). What is required are measurements of activity (i.e. square metres of home space heating per year), and the metrics needed to convert this from an activity measurement to emissions. To do so, CSA follows international standards and protocols in terms of the estimation of emissions from activity-based measurements. We use detailed datasets compiled on the energy-use characteristics of residential and commercial buildings, technologies, and vehicles, as well as data related to industrial processes, agricultural production, and waste management.