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Carbon Footprint Calculation, Validation & Verification

Posted by: Divyanshu Sethi Date: 01 Feb 2024

The Difference Between Carbon Footprint Calculation, Validation and Verification

In the context of a carbon footprint, the terms "calculation", "validation," and "verification" refer to distinct steps in the process of assessing and ensuring the accuracy and reliability of carbon footprint information. Here's an explanation of each term:

Carbon Footprint Calculation

Carbon footprint calculation refers to the process of determining the total amount of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emissions associated with a particular activity, product, organisation, or individual, in terms of CO2e. These emissions are a result of activities such as manufacturing, energy consumption, upstream and downstream transportation, employee travel, etc.

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Carbon Footprint Validation

Validation is the confirmation of a claim through the provision of objective evidence, that the requirements for a specific intended future use or application have been fulfilled (confirmation of plausibility). This step involves reviewing and confirming that the data sources, methodologies, and assumptions used in calculating emissions are appropriate and reliable. It helps ensure that the calculation is based on sound and credible information.

Carbon Footprint Verification

Verification is the confirmation of claim through the provision of objective evidence, that specified requirements have been fulfilled (confirmation of truthfulness). It is an independent assessment to confirm whether the reported carbon footprint data accurately represents the actual emissions. In the context of carbon footprint, a third-party verifier reviews the organisation's or project’s emission calculations, and documentation to confirm their accuracy. This adds an additional layer of credibility and trust to the reported carbon footprint. Only once your carbon footprint has been independently verified is it considered to be reliable. So, this is an extremely important step if you want to share your data in a meaningful way. 

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