Carbon profiling is the process of determining how many carbon is released creating and maintaining a product or a service.
When you do a quick Google search you will get an answer that carbon profiling is a mathematical process that calculates how much carbon dioxide is put into the atmosphere per m2 of space in a building over one year. All the other articles out there also focus on architecture.
However carbon profiling can be done for pretty much anything. Take for example a flask of mayonaise. It consists of the container and the mayonaise which consists of mainly vinegar or lemon juice and egg yolk. Now the question becomes how we’re these ingredients produced and what amount of carbon was released doing so?
In the rest of this article we will cover the difference between carbon profiling and carbon footprint and how carbon profiling is done in simple terms.
The difference between carbon profiling and carbon footprint
When researching the topic there was not a lot to find on the subject that is because the term carbon footprint is the more used term. The terms are used pretty much interchangeably.
How is the carbon profile of people and stuff measured?
There are different ways of calculating the carbon profile of certain things. Take for example a person to measure the carbon footprint of this person you will have to look at their behavior and ask the following questions:
- How many people do they live with?
- What is the size of their home?
- What kinds of food do they eat?
- How much water do they use?
- How many household purchases do they make?
- How much waste do they produce?
- Do they recycle?
- Do they have a car?
- Do they have solar panels?
As you can see this can get quite complicated. We found an article that goed more in depth about all the calculation per different kinds of product if you are interested: http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/calculate-your-carbon-footprint#BhmwL4703H1wofIi.99
Do you want to measure your own carbon profile? You can go to https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/questionnaire to do just that.
How to reduce a carbon profile?
Quite simply put, to reduce something you first need to measure it. Because if you know that for example eating to much meat is bad for the environment then when you know this you can do something about it. For products, let’s take the mayonaise for example it depends on what kind of suppliers the ingredients come from. How do they produce the energy to make the products and how do they transport it. Where is it from? If it’s local it doesn’t have to travel all over the world just to reach you.
As you can see this can get quite complex but the right place to start is by measuring what is going on and by thinking logically.