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TEQs & RSA Carbon Card Pilot

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Hey PowerSwitchers and TEQs Commentaires,

What do you think of the RSA Carbon Card Pilot ?



RSA and Atos Origin release 'carbon card' pilot

9th June 2008

London, 9 June 2008 ? The RSA today launched the first ever trial to enable real-time calculations of personal carbon emissions using technology already in place from Atos Origin, an international IT services company. Energy use and carbon emissions of participants in the trial will be recorded and calculated in real-time, providing them with an accurate picture of their own carbon footprint, initially for personal vehicle use. The trial will increase our understanding of people?s willingness and readiness to record and measure their own carbon emissions. It will also show whether having an accurate view of their carbon footprint, people are more likely to make lifestyle changes.

The trial will run across the UK for five months and is open to up to 1000 volunteers. On registering for the trial each volunteer will be given carbon credits to cover their carbon emissions. Each time that a volunteer buys fuel at a BP petrol station and uses their Nectar loyalty card, carbon credits will be deducted in real-time from their carbon account. Volunteers can review their carbon usage via their on-line account which will be updated automatically. Volunteers using less credit than they are allocated can trade the surplus with people using more, for virtual currency. In this way, the project will simulate the provision of incentives to encourage volunteers to take steps to reduce their ?personal emissions?, in other words, the emissions for which they are directly responsible, such as car use and home heating and lighting.

Atos Origin through its subsidiary, Atos Worldline, a major European player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions, has designed, built and is running the card transaction processing systems at all BP forecourts across the UK. When participants in the trial purchase petrol at a BP forecourt, Atos Worldline will manage the real-time, secure transfer of the purchase details to the RSA?s CarbonDAQ ? a personal carbon trading platform ? which then calculates the carbon credits based on fuel grade and volume purchased.

?With almost half of all UK carbon emissions relating to behavioural decisions made by individuals, the role of citizens in moving to a low carbon future is vital,? said Matt Prescott, director of the RSA?s CarbonLimited project. ?Thanks to the technology solution provided by Atos Origin, we are able to undertake this innovative trial to understand how a personal carbon trading scheme could operate in practice, and gain some understanding about how people will interact with it, helping to take the debate about personal carbon trading forward.?

?This trial is one example of how technology can be instrumental in helping the UK to achieve its objective of reducing its carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2050,? said Anne Ware, Vice President for Public Sector at Atos Origin. ?For this trial we are using an existing technology infrastructure to help deliver information that will help address one of the pressing issues of the 21st century.?

"We are very pleased to support this trial, through our loyalty programme Nectar at our sites, said Clive Head, BP Retail?s UK Loyalty and Alliance Manager.? This fits well with the BP managed online carbon off-setting scheme for motorists called www.targetneutral.com. "At the end of the day it?s all about encouraging responsibility and encouraging people to take action, whatever that action might be to help reduce their carbon footprint.?

The trial forms part of the RSA?s CarbonLimited project which is investigating how a future personal carbon trading scheme could work.

First results of the trial will be available in autumn 2008.

To register for the trial, please visit: www.theRSA.org/carbondaq

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