Amazon Order Exercise
The carbon footprint for the provided Amazon order has been estimated and the details have been provided in the attached spreadsheet. The information was organized into a spreadsheet due to the triangulations involved.
Summary of the Findings
- The total estimated emission for this grocery Amazon order is about 209.074 Kilograms of CO2 equivalent.
- The actual delivery process figures were located as an average. It is of note that there are many aspects that go into the actual footprint such as how many orders were delivered at once, the distance traveled, and the vehicle used to deliver. On average, a delivery is 181 grams of CO2.
- Once the delivery average was located each item on the list had to be individually located. Again, there were no calculators for this process which was surprising considering the importance and timeliness of the topic. The items have been presented in a spreadsheet along with the appropriate calculations.
- "While there are many standards that issue offsets through the voluntary market, the most widely used are the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the American Carbon Registry (ACR) and Gold Standard (GS). Carbon credits issued through any of these programs can be used to fulfill the Climate Leadership Commitments."
- For example, Native.eco's pricing is at $15 per tonne of CO2eq. Assuming this is the desired vendor, the carbon credit from 209.074 Kilograms or 0.209 metric ton (converted) of CO2eq will be $3.135 (i.e., $15 per tonne * 0.209 metric ton).
- As seen, buying a carbon credit will depend on the vendor; however, the average price of a carbon offset is about $3.30 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent. Based on this average, the carbon credit from 209.074 Kilograms or 0.209 metric ton (converted) of CO2eq will be about $0.69 (i.e., $3.30 per tonne * 0.209 metric ton).