Since our daily activities and choices have carbon footprints, these will add up overall Carbon dioxide emission from its production to final disposal especially from building section. Knowing a product life cycle assessment will help measure the emission generated during a material production to evaluate a product’s impact on nature as well as its efficiency. An Architecture 2030 target on carbon footprint is to decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emission mainly influencing from manufacturing and transportation. Most environmental impacts occur during manufacturing processes while transportation will generate more negative impacts caused from the burning of fuels. These two sectors add up huge carbon footprint number to our environment.
However, the 2030 challenge for greener products is still under construction and development. Benchmark and product standards measurements have been continue developing and will be established as tools to measure carbon footprint in products. The challenge will be phased-in over next 19 years and with this initiative attempt Mazria proclaims, “Eventually we would like to see complete Environmental Performance Declarations and third-party verification, but everyone must work toward creating standards, developing data, and generating increased demand from the design community.” For those manufacturers who voluntarily adopted the challenge can also use ISO 14000 Standard, the World Resource Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope III and Product Life Cycle Standard for their products’ carbon footprint measurements while the 2030 challenge is developed.
Anyway, global warming is likely expected to be increased in the future, but there are also ongoing efforts to increase the use of newer, cleaner technologies and materials to help lower critical impacts we create on earth. Like many other ecological movements, the 2030 challenge will be only another ideal methodology without everybody’s consideration and cooperation. As consumers we can share this responsibility by changing our consuming behaviors and daily activities. Our everyday choices and actions can make tremendous different. Reusing, reducing and recycling are simple but effective strategies and should be taken in account in every family. A little less carbon footprint from everybody puts together can add up gigantic number in reduction.
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