Reducing carbon foot print

A key driver in today’s market place is “environmental footprint”, i.e. a measure of the burden or impact that a product, operation or corporation places on the environment. Using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, one can compute holistic environmental foot prints of a product. Some keys that need to be measured in this process are:
- Green House gas emissions (GHGE) and Volatile Organic Carbon (VOC)
- Energy Consumption
- Total waste production (mitigated by reduction in use, and recycling and composting)
- Toxic waste generation
- Regulated Air pollutants release – air emissions (SOCs/NOX, styrene, formaldehyde etc)
- Water discharges

To reduce the project’s carbon footprint certain technology and/or behavior will be adopted when carrying out the project activities:
- video conference between partners will be promoted to avoid travels
- wherever possible, e-mail will be used between partners instead of paper documentation
- recycled paper will be used when necessary
- material for communications (pamphlets, brochures, mailings, layman’s reports) will be realized in electronic format to reduce the paper copies
- number of trips to customers, suppliers, consultants will be minimized by preferring contact via e-mail, telephone, or videoconference
- large quantities of raw materials for experiments will be purchased in order to reduce the shipments lowering the environmental impact.

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