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Carbon footprint is a commonly used term that describes the total amount of GHG (greenhouse gas) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions for which a single person, a household, or an organization is responsible.

The full carbon footprint of a household encompasses a number of emission sources from both direct and indirect usage of fuels. When calculating a household’s footprint it is highly important to quantify as full an assortment of emission-sources as possible for providing a complete picture of the impact of the household.

The majority of CO2 emissions are generated by people through usage of transportation, heating a house, or cooling a house. More particularly, the burning of oil, gas and other fossil fuels cause the increased release of carbon dioxide. When it comes to vehicles and airplanes, this phenomenon occurs directly in the engines’ combustion chamber and associated CO2 emissions are called direct emissions as they occur at the consumption-point.

On the other hand, emissions associated with the usage of electricity are known as indirect CO2 emissions because they occur at the plant rather than the consumption-point.
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