In simple terms, it is how much CO2 goes into the atmosphere because of human activity.
The total amount of emissions for some time or from particular action can be measured. For example, anything that has to do with burning fuel creates carbon dioxide. If we drive a car, it burns fuel and emits many substances including CO2. If we turn on the light, it creates emissions – producing electricity needs fuel.
There are several types of emissions that exist. They pollute the atmosphere and nature differently – some more, some less.
Scientists calculated how much pollution each gas creates in the atmosphere – Global Warming Potential (GWP). This coefficient helps to translate the amount of pollution to CO2 tonnes. We simply need to multiply GWP coefficient by tonnes of gas emitted.
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