We need to respond to the global climate change. The recent Paris agreement sets global targets to stay well below a 2 degree temperature change to prevent catastrophic climate changes during our lifetime. For us to achieve this goal, we need to reduce our carbon emissions to zero during the second half of this century, and ideally start absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.
What it does
The problem is so big it is difficult to figure out even where to start. Our approach is to start with the individual and look at the most significant factors that drive carbon emission in our daily life: transport, food and utilities.
Using a mobile web application, we automate collection of data showing your individual impact. Once you become aware, we know that you will be wanting to do something. But changing your behavior takes time. We keep you motivated using gamification: we make sure you can compare your progress compared to your friends and society in general, and we reward you for making good long-term decisions that benefit us all.
Who did we build it for?
We built it for:
- Individuals, who are environmentally conscious and want to help drive change among friends, family and in their communities.
- Governments & municipalities, who want to have a platform for showing the effects of your lifestyle.
- Companies, that want to be affiliated with driving change, e.g. utility companies that offer power from renewable sources or restaurants serving vegan food.
How we built it
Using responsive web technologies and solid backend frameworks. We built a custom frontend using Bootstrap, and we serve data and calculation using Django. We mixed open data from our governments with personal information from private companies about ourselves.
Challenges we ran into
The data we used is readily available from the different government partners, but unfortunately not in the way that we had wanted. We would like the raw data not aggregates, and we would like to have data used in reports to be available in a machine-readable format. Examples includes carbon emissions for food (which is a PDF) and emissions for different classes of vehicles (which is a web page).
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We surprised ourselves when we saw our own impact on such a detailed level. Exactly how much carbon was released when driving to and from work, flying and riding the train was a real eye-opener.
What we learned
Keep ambitions low and scale if time permits.
What's next for Klimatbanta
We want to integrate with different partners and with personal data sources on movements and energy usage. Examples include:
- Moves (the mobile app) for information on individual movements.
- Energy company utility data, such as how much electricity is being used.
- Cognitive services from Microsoft for analyzing images of food.
We think this could be a way for government bodies to drive change, and for private companies to profile themselves as contributing to reducing carbon emissions.
Where to find the code
You can find it at https://bitbucket.org/davidpettersson/klimatbanta/overview
Where to find the presentation
You can find our presentation at https://1drv.ms/b/s!AnJdfvEdn2M4h4Ec6iWSEu8FBLPaQw