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Beyond Carbon Footprint Calculators. New Approaches for Linking Consumer Behaviour and Climate Action

Department of Geology, Geography and the Environment, University of Alcalá, 2nd Colegios St., 28801 Madrid, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6529; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166529
Received: 14 July 2020 / Revised: 6 August 2020 / Accepted: 10 August 2020 / Published: 12 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Air, Climate Change and Sustainability)
This paper presents a carbon footprint (CF) observatory recently developed within our research group. It aims to introduce a new concept of CF accountability, which focused not just on measuring CF, but also on making users reflect about and eventually change their lifestyles to reduce their personal emissions. With this conception, the CO2web observatory includes not only a CF calculator, but also the CF of different alternative consumption scenarios. Therefore, the user may be more aware of the impact of different personal decisions, such as emissions linked to different food, cars, home appliances or pets. In addition, the CF calculator provides quantitative comparisons of the emissions linked to current habits of users with those of similar cohorts, along with specific advices for those consumption sectors where emissions are significantly higher than their cohort’s average. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon footprint; calculator; climate change; climate action; greenhouse gases; emissions; consumption; habits carbon footprint; calculator; climate change; climate action; greenhouse gases; emissions; consumption; habits
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Burgui-Burgui, M.; Chuvieco, E. Beyond Carbon Footprint Calculators. New Approaches for Linking Consumer Behaviour and Climate Action. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6529. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166529

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Burgui-Burgui M, Chuvieco E. Beyond Carbon Footprint Calculators. New Approaches for Linking Consumer Behaviour and Climate Action. Sustainability. 2020; 12(16):6529. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166529

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