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Everyone has a carbon footprint. Measure, reduce and offset yours with our app

Through Open Banking, the Cogo app can help you measure your carbon emissions, give you personalised ways to reduce them, and certified options to offset the rest of your footprint.

*Currently the app is only available in the United Kingdom.

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The Cogo Personal Carbon Manager App

Securely connect your bank account to track your footprint in real time, every time you spend. See where you’re already saving carbon and learn what you can do next to reduce your footprint even more. Take control of your carbon footprint!

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FAQs

Do you already use our app? Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions.

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Click here to go to the Contact Us page and drop us a message under App Support.

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What is a Carbon Footprint?

It’s the impact created on the climate as we go about our daily lives and comes from the greenhouse gases emitted from each decision we make throughout the day – either directly or indirectly. It’s a way of representing your personal contribution to the polluting gases that cause climate change. These gases are often referred to as ‘greenhouse gases’ due to their effect on the planet’s climate.

 

From the type of car you drive to the construction materials of your new wardrobe – it all leaves a footprint. You can find out more in our article explaining exactly what a carbon footprint is.

 

To avoid confusion, it isn’t the same as ‘carbon’ which is a chemical element – we’re more familiar with it in its solid forms: diamonds, graphite and graphene.

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How does Cogo calculate my carbon footprint?

Your carbon footprint is the carbon emissions that are created by your consumption and lifestyle choices. A carbon footprint is measured in kgs of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and represents your personal contribution to the polluting gases that cause climate change.  

To calculate your carbon footprint, Cogo first analyses your banking data and matches every transaction to a specific industry (fashion, grocery, insurance etc.). It then multiplies each transaction by an ‘emissions factor’ for that industry to work out the carbon footprint of that transaction. For example, £1 spent at a UK fashion retailer creates on average 1kg CO2e.  

The emissions factors are reduced for certain companies in an industry (e.g. renewable energy providers and second-hand clothing businesses) and the emissions factors for grocery and food spending are reduced based on diet - (e.g. not eating red meat reduces the emissions factor of your grocery spending by approximately 10%). Cogo uses data from the Office of National Statistics as a basis for the diet adjustments.

To work out your monthly carbon footprint, Cogo totals all the carbon footprints of your transactions in a given month. The average monthly carbon footprint of a UK citizen is approximately 1,000kgs. To avoid some of the most dangerous impacts of climate change, scientists around the world recommend we each reduce our carbon footprints to around 180kgs a month by 2030. It is going to take some effort, but Cogo is here to help!

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How do you know my carbon footprint if you can't tell what I have actually purchased?

Our emissions factors, which we use to calculate your carbon footprint, assume you buy an average mix of products when you shop. Sometimes this might unfairly inflate your footprint; other times it will understate it. This is imperfect, but it is the best solution available and we believe it is accurate enough.

Where lifestyle choices can make your footprint consistently lower than average, for example, if you are a vegetarian, we adjust your footprint accordingly.

In the future, we will let you feed in product-level information, making your footprint even more personalised to you.

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What does carbon neutral mean and what is offsetting?

Carbon neutrality is when you have a net-zero carbon footprint, which can only be achieved by carbon offsetting. Through offsetting, individuals and organisations can become carbon neutral by taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere that they put into it.

Offsetting is a way to compensate for your carbon emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. Offsetting projects could be native restoration or renewable energy projects, for example, and can be either domestic or international. Read more about the offsetting projects Cogo supports here.

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What is 1 kg of CO2e equal to?

1 kg of CO2e is equivalent to a (large) beach ball with a diameter of slightly over 1m (3 feet).

This is the same amount of CO2e produced by driving an average car 3.56 miles. It's the same as half a litre of petrol, or 128 smartphone charges.

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I am only one person, can I really make that much of a difference?

Yes you can! You are a part of a greater movement. In the Cogo app we show you the collective impact of the entire Cogo community, so you can see how all of our individual actions add up to make a huge difference. Collective action is absolutely necessary for us to help our planet, but collective action can't happen without individuals - that's you!

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How do I change or add another bank account?

You can choose to link only your personal account, or you can link a shared account and tell us how many people share that account. You can link as many accounts as you like. To add more accounts, simply go to 'Add accounts' on the home screen and add another.

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What is a Carbon Footprint?

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How does Cogo calculate my carbon footprint?

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How do you know my carbon footprint if you can't tell what I have actually purchased?

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What does carbon neutral mean and what is offsetting?

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What is 1 kg of CO2e equal to?

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I am only one person, can I really make that much of a difference?

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How do I change or add another bank account?

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