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Research Letters in Ecology
Volume 2008, Article ID 415934, 4 pages
Research Letter

Corporate Ecological Footprint: New Conversion Factors

1Department of Economy, Cantabria University, Avenida De Los Castros s/n, Santander, 39005 Cantabria, Spain
2Department of Environment, Port Authority of Gijón, Claudio Alvargonzález 32, 33201 Asturias, Spain

Received 21 July 2008; Accepted 22 September 2008

Academic Editor: Pavlos Kassomenos

Copyright © 2008 Pablo Coto-Millán et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The first ecological footprint calculation version, applied to companies, appeared in 2003. The said tool provides the possibility of calculating the total impact of a company or organisation in hectares or in equivalent emissions of C O 2 . This paper updates carbon absorption rates and improves electricity consumption conversion factors, one of the major footprint generating consumptions in companies. The new rates prove that the footprint estimated to date will be notably increased as, among other aspects, the IPCC has downgraded the amount of carbon that forests are capable of absorbing. These data reveal that companies must make a great effort to adapt to the challenges triggered by climate change.