Monitoring the Carbon Footprint in Industry

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There is a spirited debate about the effect that CO2 emissions are having on the Earth’s temperature. A number of experts have concluded that the Earth’s temperature is getting warmer and that CO2 emissions produced by humans play a role in this. As a result, a number of government institutions have created policies designed to monitor and limit the amount of carbon dioxide as well as the other greenhouse gases that industry produces.

Attempting to Reduce CO2 Emissions

In response to government regulations, many in the industry sector are looking for ways to minimize the amount of greenhouse gas they produce. Part of this involves identifying how much CO2 emissions they are producing and what type of emissions they are producing.

CO2 emissions are usually broken into two categories. First, there are direct emissions. These are emissions that the factory produces itself. Then, there are indirect emissions. These are connected to the energy that the factory or facility uses. However, these emissions are not produced on-site.

It is surprising how much CO2 emissions can be reduced by simply making minor adjustments in the way that a business operates. For example, dropping the temperature by just two degrees in the winter can save more than 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

How Industries Are Currently Reducing CO2 Emissions

In order to reduce CO2 emissions, a company must first to know how much they are producing. This is done by measuring a business’s carbon footprint. Some industries have been able to accomplish this goal in part by using a portable combustion analyzer .

A business can measure their carbon footprint and then create a strategy to reduce it. Other industries have opted to put a cap or a limit on the amount of greenhouse gases they can emit. The government has at times issued emission permits designed to help a business keep track of the amount of greenhouse gas they can produce.

It has required some effort on the parts of businesses to adapt to these changes. However, those that have made the adjustments have seen benefits and increased profitability.