Definitions for "Carbon footprint"
A measure of the amount of carbon dioxide emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels. A carbon footprint is often expressed as tons of carbon dioxide or tons of carbon emitted, usually on an annual basis.
A representation of the effect human activities have on the climate in terms of the total amount of greenhouse gases produced (measured in units of carbon dioxide).
When used in Ecological Footprint studies, this term is synonymous with demand on CO area. NOTE: The phrase “Carbon Footprint” or “carbon footprint” has been picked up in the climate change debate. There are several calculators that use the phrase “Carbon Footprint”, but many just calculate tonnes of carbon, or tonnes of carbon per euro, rather than demand on bioproductive area.