FAQ: What are GHG emissions?

Greenhouse Gases, often referred to as GHG, are a group of gases that trap heat within the earth’s atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse gas effect. The greenhouse gases that are trapped within the atmosphere cause the earth’s temperature to rise. Gases that are included within the GHG group are:

-Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

-Methane (CH4)

-Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

-Fluorinated Gases (F-gases)

GHG emissions relate to the release of these gases into the atmosphere as a result of human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, industrial processes, agriculture, and deforestation. These greenhouse gas emissions trap heat within the earth’s atmosphere and contribute to climate change, leading to rising global temperatures and causing changes in weather patterns and sea levels.

Measuring and reducing GHG emissions is a crucial step in mitigating the impacts of climate change and supporting a more sustainable future. By understanding and tracking GHG emissions, individuals and organisations can identify the sources of their emissions and develop strategies to reduce them. This information is used to inform sustainability reporting, support informed decision-making, and measure progress towards reducing emissions and reaching a low-carbon future.