Regional Carbon Footprint

since 01.01.2013


Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventories support development and monitoring of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies for municipalities and cities. However, information and scientific expertise on climate change impacts are complex and a consensual and consistent methodology on formation of regional GHG inventories is still missing. Available methodologies and calculation tools mostly fail to balance scientific adequacy and usability from a pragmatic perspective. Within the project, software will be developed that allows data management (i.e. for bottom up data) in order to calculate regional greenhouse gas inventories and to report about regional carbon footprints. Efforts needed for data collection turned out to be the main bottleneck for application from a practitioner’s point of view . Thus, the RCF implementation will include a database that allows calculating with top down data taken from statistics.


Sectors considered

In order to derive climate protection measures and to monitor their persecution various sectors the following sectors are considered.



The largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions is due to energy production. Especially fossil fuels emit the most carbon dioxide.


Together with the sector energy contributes the sector transportation about two third of the total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. For the sector transportation the inventory of reported motor vehicles are used.


The main emission source is in the chemical or physical transformation of raw materia .


Greenhouse gases are emitted mainly from the fermentation and the excreta of farm animals on pasture and barn from the storage and spreading of manure.


The recycling of organic waste (composting), incineration and sewage disposal belongs to the sector waste.