What are Carbon Footprint and Carbon Footprint Calculators?





Carbon footprint, Carbon footprint calculators


Carbon Footprint (CF) calculations have recently drawn considerable attention in order to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Adapting to environmental consequences of climate change will require collaborative action, which involves every stakeholder, particularly libraries. CF calculators are digital tools for revealing and reducing CF. This paper introduces the concepts of “carbon footprint” and “carbon footprint calculator” by reviewing relevant library and information science literature.


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How to Cite

Aytac, S. (2023). What are Carbon Footprint and Carbon Footprint Calculators?. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (104). https://doi.org/10.29173/istl2756



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