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WHAT IS A CARBON FOOTPRINT? HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Wherever humans go, a "Carbon Footprint" follows. This is one of the direct causes of increased greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to the accelerating climate change worldwide.

1. What is a Carbon Footprint?

A Carbon Footprint is a concept used to measure the amount of greenhouse gases (primarily Carbon Dioxide - CO2) emitted into the environment directly or indirectly by human activities over a certain period.

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The Carbon Footprint is usually measured in tons of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). Calculating the carbon footprint helps us understand the importance of every "step" we take on our shared planet and serves as a foundation for changing our awareness and actions in the fight against climate change, environmental protection, and moving towards a sustainable future.

2. How does a Carbon Footprint appear?

The Carbon Footprint appears in all aspects of life. Activities such as energy use, transportation, eating, and consumption of goods and services all contribute to "imprinting" this footprint.

For example, when we drive a car, the "carbon footprint" does not only appear from the fuel combustion (like gasoline or diesel) that emits CO2 directly into the environment, but also from the process of extracting fuel from the ground to distributing it to public gas stations. This does not even account for the CO2 released during the production of the car itself.

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Every individual, organization, and country has a different carbon footprint. For instance, each person in India emits only 1.7 tons of CO2 annually, a Chinese person emits 7.2 tons per year, while an American leaves a carbon footprint of up to 16.5 tons per year. In Vietnam, the footprint is about 2.3 tons of CO2 per year.

At the national level, according to the World Bank, Vietnam's carbon footprint in 2022 was approximately 344 million tons of CO2 per year, ranking 17th globally. Vietnam's footprint is significantly larger and more pronounced than many other countries in the region.

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The larger and more pronounced the footprint, the greater and more harmful the environmental impact. Therefore, reducing and eliminating the Carbon Footprint is not just a goal for any single country, but a common responsibility globally. This is a fight against climate change that requires the unity of all nations and a long-term strategy. The process demands adaptation, proactive cooperation, and efforts to change in all aspects to turn each "brown" footprint "green" and create a sustainable living environment for the future.

3. How to reduce your Carbon Footprint

To prevent the deepening of the carbon footprint on our planet, we need to act immediately through the following practical measures:

3.1 Reducing the Carbon Footprint for individuals:

  • Save and use energy efficiently: Each individual should prioritize using energy-saving electrical devices, actively turn off electrical equipment when not in use, and limit the use of personal vehicles such as cars and motorcycles to reduce CO2 emissions. Instead, they should prioritize public transportation, walking, or cycling when possible.

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  • Reuse and recycle: Limit the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic containers, and foam boxes. Instead, utilize cloth bags and reusable food containers. Additionally, properly sort waste at the source and recycle materials such as paper, plastic, and metal to protect the environment.

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  • Choose a green lifestyle: To minimize the carbon footprint, individuals should buy and use eco-friendly products, plant more trees, and reduce the consumption of red meat like beef, which emits a significant amount of CO2. For example, 1kg of beef emits the same amount of CO2 as a car driving 27km.

3.2 Reducing the Carbon Footprint for businesses:

According to statistics, the energy sector accounts for the largest proportion, up to 63.3%, of total greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam. Therefore, businesses in the energy sector, in particular, and other industries, in general, need to promote effective, safe, and sustainable emission reduction measures through the following solutions:

  • Transition to renewable energy: Replacing fossil fuels is key to reducing CO2 emissions. Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass need to be effectively exploited and used.

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  • Energy savings in production and operation: Businesses should optimize operational processes, apply advanced technologies, and use energy-saving devices to reduce emissions during production, transportation, and storage.
  • Reduce waste: Enhance recycling and reuse, improve production processes to reduce waste and emissions. Suitable waste can also be used as a fuel resource for boilers, reused in operations.

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  • Promote green culture: Businesses should regularly organize training programs, raise environmental awareness, and encourage employees to participate in reforestation projects and protect green spaces and the environment.

4. Thuan Hai accompanies customers in building a green path and reducing the carbon footprint

As a leading company in the energy industry, Thuan Hai always aims to provide customers with efficient, cost-saving, and environmentally friendly steam-heat-electricity solutions.

This motivation drives Thuan Hai to continually expand efforts in transitioning to green energy, using Biomass in the production and operation of customer boilers, and applying advanced technologies available on the market to minimize emissions and waste during activities. Thuan Hai is always eager to accompany customers on the journey to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute positively to the community and society.

Contact us for advice on effective, optimal, and comprehensive energy solutions.

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