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The Carbon Footprint Handbook

1st Edition

Edited by Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu

CRC Press

533 pages | 142 B/W Illus.

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Thorough and detailed, The Carbon Footprint Handbook encompasses all areas of carbon footprint, including the scientific elements, methodological and technological aspects, standards, industrial case studies, and communication of carbon footprint results. Written and edited by an international group of experts, the far-ranging topics on carbon footprinting are divided into three sections comprising chapters focused on methodology, modeling, and case studies.

The concepts of carbon footprint and climate change are no longer new to the world. As a result, there is increasing interest in quantifying and reducing the carbon footprint around the world, from industrial to individual levels. This book describes modeling aspects and calculations of carbon footprint in organizations and production. It emphasizes the importance of locating non-polluting energy sources as well as sustainability. The book also provides case studies offering a wealth of information on practices and methods in detecting and addressing carbon footprint.

The Carbon Footprint Handbook is an important reference that discusses, in depth, the essential details of carbon footprint assessment. It uses research and case studies on methods and practices from locations around the world including China, India, Spain, and Latin America. It demonstrates that the problems of carbon footprint are indeed worldwide while showing how they can be addressed in myriad areas of life, from industrial to personal action.


"The three major sections of this book focus on methodology, theoretical frameworks, and case studies. Global examples are offered for processes such as wastewater treatment, biofuels, restaurant operations, and even paper production. Individuals such as practitioners, scientists, industrialists, and students can build upon this comprehensive foundation for the study and control of carbon footprints.

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through practitioners and professionals."

R. M. Ferguson, Eastern Connecticut State University, for CHOICE, October 2016.

Table of Contents


The Science of Carbon Footprint Assessment

T.V. Ramachandra and Durga Madhab Mahapatra

Challenges and Merits of Choosing Alternative Functional Units

Benjamin C. McLellan

Methodology for Carbon Footprint Calculation in Crop and Livestock Production

Kun Cheng, Genxing Pan, Ting Luo, Ming Yan, and Qian Yue

End of Life Scenarios and Carbon Footprint of Wood Cladding

Andreja Kutnar and Callum Hill

Carbon Footprints and Greenhouse Gas Emission Savings of Alternative Synthetic Biofuels

Diego Iribarren, Jens F. Peters, Ana Susmozas, Pedro L. Cruz, and Javier Dufour

Issues in Making Food Production GHG Efficient: Challenges before Carbon Footprinting

Divya Pandey, Madhoolika Agrawal, and Manju Sharma

Modeling Carbon Footprint of Wood-Based Products and Buildings

Ambrose Dodoo, Leif Gustavsson, and Roger Sathre

Applications of Carbon Footprint in Urban Planning and Geography

Taehyun Kim


Quantifying Spatial–Temporal Variability of Carbon Stocks and Fluxes in Urban Soils: From Local Monitoring to Regional Modeling

Vasenev V.I., Stoorvogel J.J., Ananyeva N.D., Ivashchenko K.V., Sarzhanov D.A., Epikhina A.S., Vasenev I.I., and R. Valentini

Urban Carbon Footprint Evaluation of a Central Chinese City: The Case of Zhengzhou City

Lipeng Hou and Rongqin Zhao

Carbon Footprint Estimation from Building Sector in India

Venu Shree, Varun, and Himanshu Nautiyal

The Carbon Footprint of Dwelling Construction in Spain

Jaime Solís-Guzmán, Patricia González-Vallejo, Alejandro Martínez-Rocamora, and Madelyn


Carbon Footprint: Calculations and Sensitivity Analysis for Cow Milk Produce in Flanders, a Belgian Region

Ray Jacobsen, Valerie Vandermeulen, Guido Vanhuylenbroeck, and Xavier Gellynck

Digitizing the Assessment of Embodied Energy and Carbon Footprint of Buildings Using Emerging Building Information Modeling

F.H. Abanda, A.H. Oti, and J.H.M. Tah


Product Carbon Footprint: Case Study of a Critical Electronic Part (Subassembly of a Product)

Winco K.C. Yung and Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu

GHG Emissions from Municipal Wastewater Treatment in Latin America

Güereca Leonor Patricia, Paredes Maria Guadalupe, and Noyola Adalberto

Carbon Footprint of the Operation and Products of a Restaurant: A Study and Alternative Perspectives

Benjamin C. McLellan, Yoshiki Tanaka, Thi Thu Huyen Dinh, Huong Long Dinh, Piradee Jusakulvijit, Faizi Ashley Taro Freemantle, and Aibek Hakimov

Cultivation of Microalgae: Implications for the Carbon Footprint of Aqua and Agriculture Industries

Kirsten Heimann, Samuel Cires, and Obulisamy P. Karthikeyan

Carbon Footprint of Agricultural Products

Bidisha Chakrabarti, S. Naresh Kumar, and H. Pathak

The Carbon Footprint of Sugar Production from Sugarcane in the Philippines

Teodoro C. Mendoza, Rex B. Demafelis, Anna Elaine D. Matanguihan, Justine Allen S. Malabuyoc, Richard V. Magadia Jr., Amabelle A. Pector, Klarenz A. Hourani, Lavinia Marie A. Manaig, and Jovita L. Movillon

A Two-Phase Carbon Footprint Management Framework: A Case Study on the Rockwool Supply Chain

Eirini Aivazidou, Christos Keramydas, Agorasti Toka, Dimitrios Vlachos, and Eleftherios Iakovou

Product Carbon Footprint Estimation of a Ton of Paper: Case Study of a Paper Production Unit in West Bengal, India

Debrupa Chakraborty

Product Carbon Footprint Assessment of a Personal Electronic Product—Case Study of an Electronic Scale

Winco K.C. Yung and Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu

About the Editor

Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, PhD, currently works for SGS as a global sustainability consultant, based in Hong Kong. He earned his doctorate from the Institute of Textiles and Clothing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has more than seven years of industrial experience in textile manufacturing, testing, and sustainability evaluation of textiles and clothing materials. He has conducted many carbon footprint assessments of various products produced from various countries across the globe. He has more than 75 academic publications in various textiles and environmental journals, 10 chapters in books, about 21 books, numerous conference publications, and holds two patents. He is an editor, editorial board member, and reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals on textiles and environmental science disciplines as well as editor-in-chief of Textiles and Clothing Sustainability Journal, an open access journal of Springer. He is also the series editor of two book series of Springer: Textile Science and Clothing Technology and Environmental Footprints and Eco-design.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General