Carbon dioxide equivalent

What is Carbon dioxide equivalent?

Carbon dioxide equivalent meaning The amount of carbon dioxide by weight emitted into the atmosphere that would produce the same estimated radiative forcing as a given weight of another radiatively active gas. Carbon dioxide equivalents are computed by multiplying the weight of the gas being measured (for example, methane)by its estimated global warming potential (which is 21 for methane).”Carbon equivalent units” are defined as carbon dioxide equivalents multiplied by the carbon content of carbon dioxide (i.e., 12/44).

 

reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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