carbon footprint


Definition of carbon footprint

: the amount of greenhouse gases and specifically carbon dioxide emitted by something (such as a person's activities or a product's manufacture and transport) during a given period

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Recent Examples on the Web Brazil ranks fourteenth among countries for greenhouse gas emissions, producing less than 5% of the carbon footprint of the US. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Brazil is holding the climate hostage for $10 billion annually," 11 Dec. 2020 Many big maritime shipping customers, such as Inc. and Walmart Inc., are asking for proof that their cargoes are moving on cleaner ships as those companies look to reduce the carbon footprint of their supply chains. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Natural Gas, Propane Are Early Winners in Quest for Clean Ship Fuels," 9 Dec. 2020 It is not only equipped with high efficiency appliances and LED lights inside and out, but what will have the most impact on reducing our carbon footprint, will be the expansive array of solar panels on the south side of the building. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "New Primrose School offers early education - backed by Santa: Strong Points," 31 Dec. 2020 Biden also wants to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings 50 percent by 2035. Washington Post, "Biden has massive climate plans. Where will he find the money to fund them?," 22 Dec. 2020 Among the risks is the large carbon footprint of developing this kind of AI technology. Kate Saenko, The Conversation, "It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here’s why AI is so power-hungry," 14 Dec. 2020 For the eco-conscious: Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle Is your boyfriend big on recycling and reducing his carbon footprint? Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "42 awesome gift ideas your boyfriend will love," 11 Dec. 2020 Energy consumption will raise over the next few years as the country becomes the world’s third-largest economy, and so will its carbon footprint. Carlos Brito,, "BlackRock’s Fink and Eskom’s De Ruyter Set to Speak: NEF Update," 18 Nov. 2020 But its most recent sustainability report showed that its carbon footprint, for now, is rising quickly—up 15% in 2019 compared to 2018, when the company disclosed its emissions for the first time. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Jeff Bezos is now the biggest climate activism donor—and that’s a problem," 17 Nov. 2020

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1999, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2021

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“Carbon footprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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: the amount of greenhouse gases and especially carbon dioxide given off by something (as a person's activities) during a given period

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