Businesses emit greenhouse gases through:
-Electricity and energy use in the office
-Manufacturing processes required in assembly of, and final manufacture of, all products we consume
-Travel for employees, whether local, domestic or international
-Shipping products across the globe
-Organizing events and conferences
-Even professional services that don’t manufacture anything such as lawyers, CPAs, Photographers etc. have a carbon footprint
Citizens in poorer countries and communities also have a carbon footprint due to:
-Deforestation through the need to burn firewood
-Cooking on open fires, rather than efficient cookstoves as open fires emit 3 times more CO2
-Deforestation through agricultural practices that unfortunately afford them a better income, such as cattle farming and palm oil production, for example
Individual citizens emit greenhouse gases every day through:
-Energy use in the home
-Travel – local, domestic and overseas – whether that be by car, plane, train, ship
-Too much of a meat -based diet – maybe make it a treat!
-The luxury of dining out with friends
-Even streaming on-line does have a carbon footprint – albeit relatively low
-Waste that ends in the landfill that is not/cannot be recycled – this includes not just plastic but also clothes, toiletry and cosmetics containers, plastic coated paper, cotton balls/rounds – the list is endless!
-And, food waste! Your food waste emits high amounts of methane – if food waste was a country it would be the third largest emitter after China and the US!