Corporate Ecological Footprint: New Conversion Factors

Pablo Coto-Millán; Quesada, Juan Luis Doménech; Mantecón, Ingrid Mateo
January 2008
Research Letters in Ecology;2008, p1
Academic Journal
The first ecological footprint calculation version, applied to companies, appeared in 2003. The said tool provides the possibility of calculating the total impact of a company or organisation in hectares or in equivalent emissions of CO2. This paper updates carbon absorption rates and improves electricity consumption conversion factors, one of the major footprint generating consumptions in companies. The new rates prove that the footprint estimated to date will be notably increased as, among other aspects, the IPCC has downgraded the amount of carbon that forests are capable of absorbing. These data reveal that companies must make a great effort to adapt to the challenges triggered by climate change.


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