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What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint measures how much carbon dioxide we produce from our day-to-day activities. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas that is accumulating in our atmosphere and causing Climate Change. Therefore, a carbon footprint indicates to what degree our actions contribute to climate change.

 We can calculate the percentage of carbon dioxide we are producing compared to the target set for carbon dioxide emission reduction to avoid the worst effects of climate change--a 1.5°C increase in global temperature.


A 100% carbon footprint does not increase or decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Less than 100% helps to reduce it--more than 100% adds to the global increase in emissions.

How can you calculate it?

After having taken the test, take this survey  that will help the IST community keep track of our progress 


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