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Carbon Metric Publications

06 Mar 23

The carbon metric was developed as a ground-breaking tool in the fight against global climate change.

It measures the whole-life carbon impacts of Scotland’s waste, from resource extraction and manufacturing emissions, right through to waste management emissions, regardless of where in the world these impacts occur. After all, climate change is a global problem.

The carbon metric has since evolved even further into the Scottish Waste Environment Footprint Tool (SWEFT).

Scottish Waste Environmental Footprint Tool

SWEFT has been developed in response to the ongoing environmental crisis.  SWEFT provides a broader picture of the true environmental impact of the things we dispose of from our homes, it looks beyond the carbon impacts and widens the focus to a broad set of environmental indicators that includes: climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, water consumption, mineral resource scarcity, and land use.