Comparative performance of six carbon footprint models for use in Ireland.
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Kenny, T. and Gray, N.F., Comparative performance of six carbon footprint models for use in Ireland., Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 29, 1, 2009, 1, 6
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Carbon footprint models are increasingly being used to manage personal and household carbon dioxide emissions. Six models were compared for their suitability for use in Ireland using typical data for a household of three people. The annual household energy and transportation emissions ranged from 10,540 to 17,361 kg CO2 yr? 1 (mean 12,886; sd 2135) rising to a total footprint of 12,053 to 27, 218 kg CO2 yr? 1 (mean 18,117; sd 5106) when aviation emissions were included. This represents a potential range for individual CO2 emissions of between 4018 and 9073 kg CO2/person/annum, a variation of over 5 tonnes/person. The information provided by these models proved to be inconsistent and often contradictory. The high variability between models was due to a number of anomalies. When these were corrected mean household energy and transportation emissions fell to 12,130 kg CO2 yr? 1 (sd 805), with a total household footprint of 16,552 kg CO2 yr? 1 (sd 1101). Models vary in their complexity in terms of what is included in the overall estimation of emissions making a full analysis of the primary carbon footprint very difficult. When compared to current Irish conversion factors the corrected models either underestimated or overestimated CO2 emissions by approximately 10%. Current carbon footprint models excluded emissions from CH4 and N2O underestimating CO2 emissions for the household by 1.8%.
Author: GRAY, NICHOLAS FREDERICK
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Environmental Impact Assessment Review;
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