Evaluation and Comparison Study of Carbon Footprint of High School Students: Focused on Commute to School in Big, Middle, Small Size City

국내 고등학생들의 탄소발자국 산정과 비교에 관한 연구: 대.중.소도시 통학패턴을 중심으로

  • Received : 2012.01.30
  • Accepted : 2012.03.12
  • Published : 2012.03.31


The goal of this study, as an effort to reduce national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is to calculate the carbon footprint of students based on the commute pattern of high school students in big (Seoul), middle (Suwon) and small (Icheon) size city. By conducting a survey, the commute pattern and method of students as well as students' carbon footprint were evaluated. As a result, the carbon footprint of the high school student in Icheon ($1.698kgCO_2$) had 2~3 times higher than student's carbon footprint in Seoul ($0.623kgCO_2$) and Suwon ($0.699kgCO_2$). One of the reasons for the different carbon footprint result between big and small city was whether the public pedestrian facilities and a bicycle path or not. Based on our research results, we pointed out the problems and suggested some ways to reduce carbon footprint of students.