Carbon foot print is the total amount of Carbon dioxide that is emitted, by a person, a family, an organisation etc.,
There are many carbon footprint calculators available in the internet.
some of the popular ones are :
The general methodology of these calculators is simple. These sites ask you to esitmate on several factors like,
Food, travel, utilities, lifestyle etc., estimated usage and the calculator does the job.
Food How often do you buy locally produced meat, vegetables and dairy products?
What about organic meat, vegetables and dairy products?
Car Travel What kind of vehicle does one travel in?
Car, type of car, usage, fuel efficiency, bus, train, mileage, etc are esitmated and carbon foot print calculated.
Air Travel Hours personal air travel within one’s continent?
personal air travel to places outside the continent? Etc are asked and carbon footprint estimated.
Home utilities for heating / cooling etc What kind of house does one live in? , How many people, How the home is heated? cooled ? switiching off or on your lights/ fans/heaters/ ACs/ etc How warm/ cool does one keep the home?
Others Electric gadgets, what all do you own, bought recently etc,
no of pets, bills on pets etc., spend on jewellery, bath and grooming products, etc etc
are estimated to arrive at your personal or households carbon foot print.
What about Manufacturing carbon foot prints ?
In UK a site has launched a carbon foot print calculator for the manufacturers.
It is from a Government organisation.
It was launched in January this year.
The url given by them is
But I dont find the site at the above url. Now.
Nevertheless, it is a good concept. Manufacturers should be able to assess their footprint and correct themselves to minimize carbon foot print.
The concept is pretty interesting.
Imagine that for different manufacturing units like textiles, leather, watches etc., the parameters that the calculator will check will be different. Obviously it will be Process specific.
If such a calculator is available, each unit will be able to measure their carbon foot print and take necessary action. They can be asked to pay a carbon tax based on that.
Hope the site is rectified soon or someone else comes up with a carbon footprint calculator for the manufacturers.