Thursday, April 28, 2011
Men emit on average 7 pounds of carbon dioxide more than women per day
No parity in CO2 emissions! According to a study by the Belgian firm X Factor, French women emit 32.3 kg of CO2 per day versus 39.3 kg for men. A major difference is explained mainly by transport, food, alcohol and tobacco, says Citepa (Inter-professional Technical Center for studies on air pollution).
By comparing the results of the Belgian study from those of a Swedish study published in October 2009, Citepa identified behaviors that create the gap between men and women. Conducted in four European countries, the study revealed that a man living alone consumed 8% more energy than a single woman in Germany, and up to 39% more for the Greeks.
The men eat and drive more than women
By calculating the carbon footprint of different drinks, the study primarily reflects differences in living standards between men and women: because of wage inequality, CO2 emissions differ because of purchasing power lower for women. But beyond this basic difference, men are penalized by very CO2-intensive activities. These are mainly transport, including the maintenance of their personal car (fuel, cleaning, repairs, etc.) and food (meat consumed, number of meals eaten outside the home, food industry, etc.) that have saddled the balance Carbon men.
The study points out that the calculations were made with average coefficients of conversion expenses in CO2 emissions and energy sources are in different countries. However, the estimates appear to apply to France, where men are buying more meat and use less public transportation than women according to the INSEE statistics.