Measuring the industry’s carbon footprint

Dr. Charles H. Gooding, Professor of Chemical Engineering, is working to determine the carbon footprint of the rendering industry and its individual processes.

Carbon footprint is a recently developed measurement related to the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the Earth’s climate. In general, carbon footprint measures the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during a process or activity.

The rendering industry has expressed a desire to have carbon footprint calculations conducted. Dr. Gooding is collecting data on rendering operations and will use this information in different approaches to carbon foot print calculation. As part of the project, Dr. Gooding is developing a spreadsheet model for industry members to use for calculating the carbon footprint of particular processing units.