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Carbon Equivalent Calculator

Carbon Equivalent Calculator

The Carbon Equivalent Calculator represents the number of units of a variable (e.g. Pounds of coal burned, Miles driven) that have to be utilized to generate as much carbon emissions as any publicly listed company emits.

The Carbon Equivalent Calculator is based upon a design methodology that converts a company's carbon emissions into equivalent carbon emissions from various variables.

Overview

Achieving net zero carbon emissions is becoming more important everyday. The Carbon Equivalent Calculator asses how many units of a variable would be required to produce the exact same carbon as a publicly listed company does. 15Rock provides this information to attach a perspective to a company's carbon emissions. This allows investors and the general public to convert a carbon emission number into an easily comprehendible variable.

The following graphs illustrate results from the model.

600,000 cars have to be driven for a year to generate an equivalent amount of carbon as Microsoft does (average car emissions)
The graph above visualizes the number of miles driven to generate an equivalent amount of carbon

Design and Methodology

Using the following calculations, the Carbon Equivalent Calculator determine how much units of a variable (e.g. Pounds of coal burned) have to be utilized to generate as much carbon emissions as any publicly listed company emits in the US, UK and/or Canada.

AttributeCO2 equivalent consumedDiesel consumed in gallons98.2Gasoline consumed in gallons113Pounds of coal burned1105barrons of oil consumed2.3home electricity use of one year0.182number of smartphones charged121,643miles driven by an average passenger vehicle2513home energy use of one year0.12passenger vehicles driven for one year0.217beef(beef herd) produced in kg16.67cheese produced in kg47.61milk produced in kg333.33rice produced in kg250poultry meat produced in kg166.67Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by:Incandescent lamps switched to LEDs37.9Tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled0.34Garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled0.049trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled42.5wind turbines running for a year0.0002Carbon sequestered by:tree seedlings grown for 10 years16.5acres of U.S. forests in one year1.2acres of U.S. forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year0.007