• Carbon footprints are a way of measuring the amount of carbon dioxide and other Greenhouse gases released over the full life cycle of a product, a service or an event.
  • This could be something like a personal computer, a car, or a wedding.
  • This is not an easy task as there are so many different factors to consider – for example, you would have to count the emissions released as a result of sourcing all the parts of the final production version of a P.C.
  • Obtaining precise measurements of a carbon footprint is next to impossible but there are ways of reducing carbon footprints.

Ways of Reducing the Carbon Footprint

  • CO2 emissions can be reduced by using renewable energy supplies such as solar or wind energy instead of burning fossil fuels.
  • Awareness and being conscientious about reducing energy usage and our carbon footprint is another way to reduce emissions.
  • Global governments and economies in developed nations are slowly switching to greener and sustainable sources of energy and often offer financial incentives to companies in an effort to convince them to “go green”.
  • Other ways of mitigating the effects of climate change include:
    • Constructing flood defence systems in areas of low lying land.
    • Developing new farming methods to include switching to crops that are better adapted to the new climate.
    • Building more effective irrigation systems to ensure crops can get water during times of drought.
  • Technology is being developed that captures the CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels before it’s released into the atmosphere.

Difficulties to Overcome

  • There is still a lot of work to be done to make significant reductions. Amongst others, the following obstacles to progress exist:
    • Alternative technologies are still in their infant years.
    • Governments tend to be slow to act on these issues as they fear a negative impact on their economies.
    • On an individual level there is also resistance as it is difficult to convince people to change their ways.
    • There is a lack of investment schemes for companies to help them to modernize their facilities.

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Morgan’s passion for the Periodic Table begun on his 10th birthday when he received his first Chemistry set. After studying the subject at university he went on to become a fully fledged Chemistry teacher, and now works in an international school in Madrid! In his spare time he helps create our fantastic resources to help you ace your exams.