Committed Carbon

Last updated on April 10, 2022

Committed carbon is the amount of CO2e released in the future by an item that was produced or constructed in the past. One example is a gasoline car, with an expected lifetime of 13 years, that is purchased today. This vehicle will produce 38 tonnes of CO2e before it is eventually scrapped, well beyond the 2030 GHG target.

Committed carbon means that purchasing decisions made today have a long lasting effect on climate change and efforts to mitigate the effects of CO2e emissions.

Bay du Nord

Bay du Nord is an example of committed carbon. The decision to approve the oil field will cause the release of 130 MT of carbon in the future. Committed carbon must be included in our plans to reduce GHG emissions.