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Sustainability glossary

Air acidification

The acid substances present in the atmosphere are carried by rain. A high level of acidity in the rain can cause damage to forests. The contribution of acidification is calculated using the acidification potentials of the substances concerned and is expressed in the H+ mode equivalent.


Air toxicity

This indicator represents the air toxicity in a human environment. It considers the usually accepted concentrations for several gases in the air and the quantity of gas released over the lifecycle. The indication given corresponds to the air volume needed to dilute these gases down to acceptable concentrations.


Anthropogenic climate change

Anthropogenic climate change refers to the changes in the Earth's climate that are caused by human activities. This includes the release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and other industrial processes. The term “anthropogenic” means “caused by humans,” so anthropogenic climate change refers to changes that are caused by human activities.

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What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It’s a holistic approach that considers the economic, social, and environmental aspects of development.

Few of the key concepts and terminologies covered in this Sustainability Glossary are:

CDP, carbon credit, circular economy, climate neutrality, climate change, climate risk, decarbonisation, energy attribute certificates, energy efficiency, energy management, ESG, materiality assessment, net zero GHG emissions for a company, power purchase agreement, scope 1 emissions, scope 2 emissions, scope 3 emissions, SEC climate-related disclosure rule, wind power.