The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would cause the same effect as a given amount or mixture of other greenhouse gases. The CO2e is determined by converting the other greenhouse gases into carbon dioxide terms by using global warming potentials (GWP); that is, the tonnes of the other gas is multiplied by its associated GWP. (, , )
The equivalent amount of C02 required to create the same level of global warming as another greenhouse gas (eg 1 tonne of SF6 is equivalent to 23,900 tonnes of CO2 using the DEFRA conversion factor).
The quantity of a given GHG multiplied by its global warming potential. This is the standard unit for comparing the degree of warming which can be caused by emissions of different GHGs.
A parameter to describe the effect of greenhouse gas emissions. Each of the various gases has a different impact. A factor known as the global warming potential (GWP) provides information on the effect of the individual gases compared with CO2 (= referencevalue).
(equivalent CO2) The amount of CO2 that would cause the same effect as a given amount or mixture of other greenhouse gases.