Led by the CIRAIG, this project aims to develop an inventory database of the life cycle of consumption in Quebec. These inventory datasets are essential for calculating the carbon footprint of an individual’s consumption in Quebec.
The inventory is developed with a life cycle approach. Ultimately, it allows for evaluating carbon footprints at every step of the consumption life cycle (extraction of primary sources, transformation, transport, use of goods and services, end of life).
The inventory is developed in a modular fashion for the different areas of individual consumption: Food; Commuting; Housing; Clothing; Travel; Information and Communications Technologies; Entertainment and Leisure; Financial and Administrative Management; Health, Hygiene, and Beauty. These areas are developed and detailed as a priority, as they contribute most to an individual’s carbon footprint in Quebec. Other non-priority areas are roughly modelled in order to provide a complete (but more uncertain) portrait of individual consumption.
The project is underway and the deliverables will be made available online as things progress.
It is not, however, an objective of the project to create a carbon footprint calculation tool for the moment.