What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint means the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by someone’s lifestyle, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels.

COTAP’s carbon footprint calculator is designed to enable you to quickly and accurately assess your annual carbon footprint.  Our calculator methodology deliberately focus on what are likely to be the primary sources of your carbon footprint which directly involve the burning of fossil fuels: car travel, air travel, and home energy use.

We do not currently include emissions calculations related to categories such as public transit, diet, pet ownership, or recycling.  If you would like to include these categories, you are more than welcome to refine your calculation before matching your footprint to one or more COTAP projects.

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