R-ECO is committed to the raising awareness of energy usage and reducing carbon footprints.
A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a person, organisation, event or product.
A carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). The carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) allows the different greenhouse gases to be compared on a like-for-like basis relative to one unit of CO2. CO2e is calculated by multiplying the emissions of each of the six greenhouse gases by its 100 year global warming potential (GWP).
A carbon footprint considers all six of the Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gases: Carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous oxide (N2O), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
The main types of carbon footprint for organisations are:
1. Organisational carbon footprint
Emissions from all the activities across the organisation, including buildings' energy use, industrial processes and company vehicles.
2. Product carbon footprint
Emissions over the whole life of a product or service, from the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing right through to its use and final reuse, recycling or disposal.