The organisers of COP17 have made a first pass estimate for the Carbon Footprint of COP17. The estimate of 76,900 tonnes of CO2 equivalents assumes a maximum of 25,000 delegates attending the event. The pie chart below shows that the majority of the estimated footprint comes from international travel. The organisers will release a final estimate after the conference is over on 09 December 2011.
The local footprint is made up of travel within Durban and energy and water for the conference venues and accommodation. National events refer to other official events and activities as arranged by the national government of South Africa in the lead up to COP17.
The graph below contexualises the COP17 footprint by comparing it to other footprints. Comparisons between footprints need to be treated with caution. In this case COP17 takes place over two weeks and the footprints chosen for comparison purposes are for annual periods. In addition methodologies for event footprinting, municipal footprinting and organisational footprinting are different. The exact figures and links to all the information are show below the graph.
COP17: 76,900 tonnes of CO2e (COP17 Website)
Durban Municipal emissions 2010: 1,107,214 tonnes of CO2e (eThekwini Green House Gas Emission inventory 2010)
Durban Community emissions 2010 (residents, industries, businesses etc): 25,962,074 tonnes of CO2e (eThekwini Green House Gas Emission inventory 2010)
Eskom emissions for year ending March 2010: 224,700,000 tonnes of CO2e (Carbon Disclosure Project 2010 SA JSE 100)
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