Estimation of the CO2 absorption footprint of the General Pueyrredón Partido (Argentina), 2010

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Estimación de la subhuella de absorción de CO2 del partido de Gral. Pueyrredón (Argentina), del año 2010
María Cecilia Gareis
Rosana Fatima Ferraro
Journal Article
Desarrollo Local Sostenible
Nowadays, societies that cannot meet their demand for goods and services from their own productive land, must import bio-capacity from other ecosystems. The Ecological Footprint (EF) is an indicator that allows an approximation to the relationship between the resources in demand in a community and the productive land necessary to satisfy that demand and it is estimated through the calculation of a group of sub-footprints. This paper presents a first approximation to the Carbon Footprint (CF) for General Pueyrredón (province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) as a prior step towards calculating the CO2 absorption sub-footprint for 2010. To this aim, information about electric, fuel and gas consumption at local level was used, and CO2 emissions resulting from such uses were calculated and related to the soil use capacity to absorb CO2. The results showed that the population in general Pueyrredón needed the equivalent to 85 times the surface of the partido to meet its demand for goods and services.
Original Abstract
Las sociedades actuales, al no poder satisfacer su propia demanda de bienes y servicios a partir del territorio productivo que poseen, deben importar biocapacidad de otros ecosistemas. La Huella Ecológica (HE) es un indicador que permite aproximarse a esa relación entre los recursos que son demandados por una comunidad y el territorio productivo necesario para satisfacer la demanda de la comunidad y se estima calculando un conjunto de subhuellas. El presente trabajo presenta una primera aproximación a la Huella de Carbono (HC) del partido de General Pueyrredón (provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina) como paso previo al cálculo de la subhuella de absorción de dióxido carbono para el año 2010. Para ello, se utilizó información referida al consumo eléctrico, de combustibles y de gas en red, todos ellos a nivel de partido, se calcularon las emisiones de CO2 resultantes del uso de los mismos y se los relacionó con la capacidad de absorción de CO2 de los usos de suelo presentes. Los resultados demostraron que la población de General Pueyrredón requirió el equivalente a 85 veces la superficie del Partido con iguales características para satisfacer su demanda de bienes y servicios.
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