Carbon footprints are the negative effect that we and our practices have on planet earth and today, because of the ISO 14001, we can reduce the environmental footprints and improve the environment sustainability. We as human beings share a responsibility towards each other to make sure that the planet that we leave behind is healthy, green and supports life.
The term originates from the discussion on ecological footprints, so carbon footprints are a subset of ecological footprint.
Carbon offsets are the projects that are undertaken to reduce or mitigate the carbon emissions through developing innovative projects, like the solar or wind energy projects. Reforestation is another very good example of carbon offsets.
The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol decided upon in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or the FCCC). This is an international treaty produced at the United Nations Conference in favour of the environment and the treaty is intended to stabilise the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere. This is meant to prevent the dangerous and negative anthropogenic interference with the climatic system.
The Kyoto Protocol legally binds a commitment on the reduction of the four greenhouse gases that are causing the most harm: methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur hexafluoride.
Carbon dioxide emissions into the air and the emission of other harmful greenhouse gases are almost completely associated with the conversion of energy through crude oil, natural gas, etc. The Kyoto Protocol even specifies the time limit that every industrialised country has to bring down the greenhouse gas emission levels.
The Kyoto Protocol has emission certificates for both the economical markets, namely the mandatory market and the voluntary market. The emission certificates that are typical to both markets are:
• Emission Reduced Unit (ERU)
• Certified Emission Reduction (CER)
• Verified Emission Reduction (VER)
It is very important that you and your company reduce the negative effect that any product or service might have on the environment. Reducing the carbon footprints or ecological footprint of the company will help you to:
• Be truly environmentally sustainable.
• Live within the energy means those are available.
• Care for your customers and offer them quality service.
• Care for your worker’s safety.
• Save money and at the same time save greenhouse gas emissions.
• Get access to green markets with the backing of the environmental standard; ISO 14001.
• Reduce wastage of precious energy and thus produce higher profits.
If you would like to reduce your carbon footprints, you can do so with the help of Enviroaction. This company and its people are experts in energy management and green businesses. For more information about the company and its services, please check out their website at www.envirocaction.com.au
Katherine Bells is an active environmentalist in Australia, and she uses the internet to spread awareness among people. She writes informative articles, pointing out alternatives and methods to save energy.