20 July 2020
The Bank in New Zealand now tracking your action on climate change according form the Westpac New Zealand. Your spending will be tracked from you Apps hows your spending affect your impact on Climate Change. Jessica Satherley Written“Having visibility over what you’re spending and where can be a powerful tool.
Finance and sustainability tracking app Cogo found that when 1,000 British consumers had carbon-tracking information on businesses at their fingertips, almost half opted to spend their money with eco-friendly companies.
For example, a whopping 42% of shoppers bought second-hand clothing instead of new items. The carbon savings of this amounted to approximately 47kgs of carbon per person annually.
The ability to track each person’s carbon footprint in real-time is being rolled out on the New Zealand version of Cogo with Westpac’s support.
The aim is to replicate the UK version of the app which gives users 25,000 low-carbon businesses to choose from, across retail, hospitality, transport and other sectors.
The New Zealand app already boasts more than 3,000 accredited business listings and has had more than 20,000 downloads.
CoGo has partnered with Westpac NZ to allow users to securely link their transaction data from any New Zealand major bank to the app, using open banking technology.
This data is analysed to create a personalised carbon footprint for each user, as well as recognising and recommending actions they can take to reduce it.
When it came to eating habits, 2% of UK users ate meat but did not eat red meat, which reduces their carbon footprint by approximately 120kg annually.
Adopting a vegan diet reduces a person’s annual carbon footprint by approximately 450kgs and was undertaken by 6% of consumers. And 4% of users opted to be vegetarian, which reduces a person’s carbon footprint by around 321kg per year.
CEO of CoGo is New Zealander Ben Gleisner, who recently returned from London where he spent two years setting up the company in the UK.
He is now excited to offer the platform to Kiwis.
“It’s really great to be home and to bring back a Kiwi-made tech platform that has proven itself as a world-leading solution to the climate crisis,” Gleisner said.
“With Westpac NZ’s support, we will empower businesses and citizens across the entire country to build the low-carbon economy we all know is needed,” he said.
Westpac NZ Customer Experience Hub General Manager Karen Silk said the Carbon Footprint Tracker will enable Kiwis to undertake the same type of analysis being done at the bank.
“Having recently become New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified bank, we leapt at the opportunity to help our customers understand and reduce their carbon footprints too.
The new open-banking powered Carbon Footprint Tracker is due to launch on the CoGo app in September this year, and will be free for anyone with an account at one of the five largest NZ banks.”
Also from MSN: This Al Gore-supported project uses AI to track the world’s emissions in near real time “The time lag in current data makes it often non-actionable,” says Gore, who has been helping structure the project to have the maximum impact on the climate crisis and enlisting partners for financial and strategic support. “To draw an analogy, if you start your contact tracing for COVID-19 two weeks after the person knows he’s infected, it’s just not very actionable. But having near real-time data means that there will be, for the first time, accountability. We intend to trace all significant manmade greenhouse gas emissions, assign responsibility for them, and show multiple audiences—governments, NGOs, businesses, investors, activists, and others—exactly where the emissions are coming from in a timeframe that makes them actionable and holds the emitters accountable.”
As in the first paragraph: “As the world tries to figure out how to flatten the climate curve—cutting global emissions in half by the end of the decade, and reaching net-zero emissions by the middle of the century—one challenge is how to track current emissions from every power plant, farm, and other source on the planet. A new project called the Climate TRACE Coalition plans to use satellite imagery and AI to track those emissions in near real-time, even if they’re not being reported by the source.”
What Al Gore is planning for you. This is not about saving planet it is about control. And the CoGo Apps is just another vision of contact tracing and getting you on the smartgrid as well into social credit system which will take place in the near future.
Piers Corbyn quote “Climate policy is not about controlling the climate; it’s about controlling you”.The best news you can give you is that:
- Don’t have any Contact Tracer app download on your smartphone or tablet.
- Do you research when new update vision is release before updating your operating system on your smartphone because there would be a contact tracer app built in. I found feature on the iOS 13.6 under heath section something worrying and it said “Ability to log new symptom, like fever, chills, sore throat or coughing and share them with third party apps”. It see anything like that in the update description or oversea do avoid updating the operating system.
Here an image I screen shot on my computer to see worrying feature (built in Contact Tracer app) in the iOS 13.6 update overview on any apple product.Source: