The carbon footprint is broken down into a number of categories so that they can be measured and therefore reduced by individuals and businesses. Emissions typically fall into the following categories:
– Energy use – Emissions that are generated from the use of energy in buildings, transportation, and other activities.
– Agriculture and Land Use – Emissions that are generated from agriculture, forestry, and land use changes, such as deforestation.
– Industry – Emissions that are generated from industrial processes, such as the production of goods and materials.
– Waste – Emissions that are generated from waste disposal, including landfills and wastewater treatment.
– Food and drink – Emissions that are generated from the production, transportation, and consumption of food and drinks.
– Transportation – Emissions that are generated from the use of vehicles and other forms of transportation.
– Goods and Services – Emissions that are generated from the production and transportation of goods and services consumed by an individual or organisation.
By understanding and measuring these categories, 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.