Global warming potential
Similar term(s): GWP.
The global warming potential of a gas refers to the total contribution to
global warming resulting from the emission of one unit of that gas relative to
one unit of the reference gas, carbon dioxide, which is assigned a value of 1.
For example, if methane has a global warming potential of 21, it means that 1
kg of methane has the same impact on climate change as 21 kg of carbon dioxide
and thus 1 kg of methane would count as 21 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Source: based on American College & University Presidents Climate
Global warming potential of greenhouse gases (figures IPCC TAR 2001)
|Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
|Nirous Oxide (N2O)
||120 - 12 000
||5 700 - 11 900
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