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TSE Students' project : a Carbon Footprint calculator for all

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A Carbon Footprint Calculator for all

Economics can be a force for good in the world. At TSE, our students are taught to think as a collective intelligence, and we are very proud of them and their initiatives. In 2019, TSE decided to follow and support the project of five students who wanted to put in place a Carbon Footprint Calculator. This financial aid was made possible thanks to the alumni community who are generous enough to come forward and donate for the enhancing the careers of young talent.

William, Anais, Jaime, Vincent and Tiphaine, a group of fifth year TSE Students are working on creating a Carbon Footprint Calculator. A tool that will have a positive impact on the planet.
Let’s find out how!

What is carbon footprint and why is it necessary to take it into account?

The carbon footprint accounts for all emissions induced by domestic consumption of goods and services, whether produced domestically or imported, and excludes emissions related to exports. In a globalised economy, it is now necessary to account for emissions from all goods and services consumed, including those produced outside the country. Extending the monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions to the carbon content of imported consumption is the only way to assess the overall impact of a country's consumption on the climate.

In 2016, the carbon footprint of a French person was around 11 tonnes of CO2, while a Paris Agreement-compatible trajectory requires not to exceed more than 2 tonnes of CO2 per person per year by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 2°C by 2100.

When and why did you decide to create a Carbon Footprint Calculator? 

The idea to create a Carbon Footprint Calculator emerged after we noticed that the existing calculators for individuals are very fragmented and poorly detailed from a methodological point of view. When it comes to the offer towards small businesses and local authorities, it is very often too expensive, even though many of these actors would like to know their carbon footprint to then take responsible actions to reduce it. We do think that everyone should be able to know their carbon footprint fight global warming if they wish to.

What is the aim behind creating it? 

Bringing awareness about carbon footprint is crucial today. The 2015 Paris Agreement requires dividing current France’s carbon footprint by 4 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. We believe that making a Carbon Footprint Calculator that is free and available to all would allow public and private actors to be aware of their carbon footprint and would thus encourage them to take concrete actions to change their consumption patterns.

“This project is making use of the different courses we have followed at TSE. In particular, we are using our theoretical knowledge of environmental economics and also our practical skills in terms of database analysis and management and statistics to accurately design a robust methodology to estimate the carbon footprint of individuals, small businesses and local authorities.”

Run us through the tool, how will it look like?

Our aim is to implement a sturdy carbon footprint calculator that is up to date and regularly updated and includes all the latest methodological advances. We are currently working on creating a website that will host this Carbon Footprint Calculator…

How does your project serve the common good?

This project is part of a scientific, environmental and societal approach, as it aims to provide information to individuals, small businesses and local authorities on their carbon footprint in order to encourage them to reduce it by modifying their behaviour.

We would like to thank TSE as well as the donors who made this project happen!

Stay tuned, we will post the link of the Carbon Footprint Calculator in this article when it will be available!

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