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Refers to measuring the amount of carbon emissions one is responsible for directly or indirectly. Measuring one’s carbon footprint is an essential step to developing a strategy to reduce emissions as it allows an understanding of which emissions to target and which actions might suit best for the purpose. Individuals, households, businesses, even nations can measure their carbon footprint. There are a number of carbon calculators available to calculate a carbon footprint.
There are generally two types of carbon footprints that are assessed. Using a household as an example: