Int. J. of Sustainable Society   »   2015 Vol.7, No.4

 

 

Title: A preliminary assessment of the carbon footprint of households in Greece

 

Authors: Komninos Angelakoglou; Despoina Aktsoglou; Georgios Gaidajis; Ioanna Margiolaki; Vasiliki Tzomaka

 

Addresses:
Department of Production Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus, Building 1, Vas. Sofias 12 Str., 67100, Xanthi, Greece
Department of Production Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus, Building 1, Vas. Sofias 12 Str., 67100, Xanthi, Greece
Department of Production Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus, Building 1, Vas. Sofias 12 Str., 67100, Xanthi, Greece
Department of Production Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus, Building 1, Vas. Sofias 12 Str., 67100, Xanthi, Greece
Department of Production Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, University Campus, Building 1, Vas. Sofias 12 Str., 67100, Xanthi, Greece

 

Abstract: The carbon footprint deriving from the consumption needs of four households in Greece was estimated in the specific study. The specific households were chosen in order to represent different occupational and spatial profiles. A three-step method was developed to determine the relative carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions. Various inputs and outputs of the examined system (i.e., food, clothing, electricity, heating oil) were recorded and translated into carbon footprint with the application of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) global warming potential (GWP) impact assessment method (IPCC 2007 GWP 100a method) and the utilisation of relative life cycle assessment software. Results indicated that, in the observed period, products and electricity consumption were the key factors affecting the carbon footprint (>50%) of the households examined. Furthermore, heating needs were responsible for over 25% of the total household emissions. The carbon footprint expressed in tons CO2eq, ranged from 5.7 to 7.5 per person per year, indicating that households behaviour varies considerably in terms of responsible attitudes regarding sustainable consumption.

 

Keywords: life cycle assessment; LCA; sustainable consumption; carbon footprint; household consumption; sustainable society; Greece; carbon dioxide; CO2; carbon emissions; food; clothing; electricity; heating oil; household behaviour.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2015.073554

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2015 Vol.7, No.4, pp.322 - 332

 

Available online: 12 Dec 2015

 

 

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