The calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared to driving.
The Finnish city of Tampere has introduced a carbon footprint calculator to its Tampere.Finland mobile application and announced the next addition will be a tool for citizen participation and feedback.
The carbon footprint calculator aims to allow users to find a route and check how much their carbon footprint would be affected by using public transport, cycling or walking, compared to driving a vehicle.
Sustainable modes of travel
Tampere is bidding to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and the Sustainable Tampere 2030 programme encourages people to choose sustainable modes of travel.
Users can track their individual CO2 savings and see how they rank against others. At the moment, users are required to actively add the savings to compare rankings, but it is anticipated in future the app may automatically monitor the user’s choice of travel mode.
Meanwhile, the next new feature will allow residents to participate in city planning and the maintenance of their own neighbourhoods.
The plan is that residents can use the app to provide feedback to the city, report faults and participate in user surveys which could also be location-aware.
The first version of the Tampere.Finland application was launched in February 2019 and the number of downloads has, reportedly, been steadily increasing ever since. Geniem, the developer of the app claims more than 35,000 downloads to date.
“We strongly believe that the city app is a product that will open international markets for Geniem in the future,” said Tuomas Kumpula, CEO of Geniem. “The first phase is, of course, to scale it in Finland.”
The services provided in the city app for residents and travellers include: route guide; public transport routes and timetables; parking space availability; electronic library card; culture routes; a Tampere event calendar; and the Tampere Pass (Tampere Tunnetuksi Passi).
The Tampere.Finland application was developed as part of the Smart Tampere programme together with the Stardust project, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme and Visit Tampere.