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What is Carbon Watch— India’s 1st app to assess one’s carbon footprint?

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What is Carbon Watch— India’s 1st app to assess one’s carbon footprint?


Context:

Chandigarh became the first state or Union Territory in India to launch Carbon Watch.

What is Carbon Watch?

It is a mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of an individual.

What is Carbon Footprint?

Carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gases-especially carbon dioxide-released into the atmosphere by a particular human activity.

How does the app Carbon Watch work?

  1. As a person downloads the application, they will need to fill details in four parts- Water, Energy, Waste Generation and Transport (Vehicular movement). In each category, they will be required to inform about their respective consumptions and waste generations.
  2. With the mentioned information, the mobile application will automatically calculate the carbon footprint of the individual.
  3. The application will also provide information such as the national and world average of the emission, and the individual’s level of emission generation.

Solutions:

The mobile application will suggest methods to reduce the carbon footprints. The application will suggest ways as per the information furnished by the individuals.

Motive behind designing this application?

Making the people Climate-Smart Citizens while making them capable of accessing their carbon footprint, along with providing them with steps to reduce it, is the motive behind the application.

Sources: Indian Express.