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OluwakoredeOlakunleOlogun,SamuelWara

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Sincetheknowledgeofcarbonfootprintevaluation,cooperationshave
sincebeenstrivingtosetanexampleofenvironmentalresponsibilityby
establishingenvironmentallysoundpoliciesandpractices,andby
developingcurriculaandresearchinitiativestosupportan
environmentallysustainablefuture.Oneofthemostrecenteffortsinthis
questwastheurgetocreateawarenessandevaluatecarbonfootprintfor
theFederalUniversityofAgricultureAbeokuta(FUNAAB)fortheperiod
August2011toJuly2012.Itstressedtheneedtoconductadetailedand
comprehensivecarbonfootprintanalysisforthewholeUniversity.The
aimofthisanalysiswastodeterminethecarbonfootprintofFUNAAB,not
onlytogiveatangiblenumberwithwhichtheUniversityscarbon
sustainabilitylevelcanbecomparedwithotheracademicinstitutions,but
alsotoprovidethemuchneededbaselineagainstwhichfuturemitigation
effortsontheuniversitycampuscanbemeasured.Inthispaper,
boundaryconditionsweresetouttoidentifythevariousemissionsources
oncampusesusinginternationalstandardsliketheGreenhouseGas
(GHG)emissionfactor.Usingagenuinelyanalyticalquestionnaire,
surveys,andinterviews,dataonthevariousemissionsourceswere
collected.Thedatacollectedwasanalyzedandusedforthecalculationof
carbondioxide(CO2)emissionsinFUNAABusingtheappropriate
emissionfactorsfromDepartmentforEnvironmentFoodandRuralAffairs
(DEFRA)guidelinesandGHGemissiondatarespectively.FUNAABs
carbonfootprintforthe2011/2012sessionwasfoundtobeabout5,935
tonsCO2,withtransportation,campusenergyconsumptionandfarm
machineriescontributingabout63%,35%and2%respectively.Staffand
studentcommutingalonecontributeabout55%ofalltheemissions
associatedwithUniversityactivities.FUNAABspercapitaemissionswith
atotalofabout10,256studentsforthe2011/2012sessionamountto
about0.6tonsCO2emissionsperstudent.Bythisstudy,FUNAAB
contributesatotalof5,935tonsofCO2forallemissionsreleasedintothe
atmosphereyearly.TheseCO2emissionscontributetothedepletionof
theozonelayercausingGreenhouseeffectsandglobalwarming.FUNAAB
canreducehercarbonfootprintbyintroducinggreenenergysources
suchassolarenergyinplaceofthestandbydieselgeneratorsthat
contributesanestimated84tonsofCO2monthly.Inaddition,
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transportationemissionscanbereducedbyimplementinga
transportationroutineprogrammetoreducetheamountofcarsthat
commutetotheUniversitydaily.TheperiodofstudycoversAugust2011
toJuly2012.

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GreenhouseGasEmissions,CarbonFootprint,FUNAAB,Emission
Reduction,EmissionFactors

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