What is Carbon Watch, India’s first app to assess one’s carbon footprint?
Why in the news?
- Chandigarh became the first UT in the country to launch ‘Carbon Watch’ mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of an individual.
- The app has been rolled out by the Department of Environment and Forest of Chandigarh.
- Chandigarh is the joint capital of Haryana and Punjab and UT by itself.
- Chandigarh though is a green city, which has 45% of green cover, suffers from poor air quality due to pollution from nearby states such as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
- It still stands among 112 Indian cities identified as Non-Attainment Cities, for not meeting the prescribed standards of air quality.
What is Carbon footprint?
- Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases-especially carbon dioxide-released into the atmosphere by a particular human activity.
- It can be measured as tonnes of CO2 emitted per year
How does the app work?
- It is primarily for Chandigarh residents but can be downloaded by all.
- Anyone who downloads the application, they will need to fill details in four parts — Water, Energy, Waste Generation and Transport (Vehicular movement).
- Water: the person will be required to inform about the consumption of water.
- Energy: The details regarding the electricity units consumed every month at the house and usage of solar energy will have to be furnished.
- Waste: The individual will need to inform about the waste generation on their part and their family.
- Transport : Need to furnish the type of vehicle one possesses.
- The mobile application will automatically calculate the carbon footprint of the individual with the above information.
- The application will also provide information such as the national and world average of the emission, and the individual’s level of emission generation.
Benefits of the application
- The mobile application will suggest methods to reduce the carbon footprints. The application will suggest ways as per the information furnished by the individuals.
- It also suggests remedial actions and sensitises people about their lifestyle emissions, their impact and possible countermeasures to mitigate the same.
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