Since March 2016, Nanjing has made available a low-carbon travel public service platform. It offers green credit and green store functions in the My Nanjing app, organised subject activities of low-carbon travel, and implemented green credit reward through integrating green travel data on walking, cycling, metro and bus usage. So far, the daily visits to the Nanjing low-carbon travel public service platform have reached about 0.8-1 million, with more than 20,000 active daily users and more than 1.8 million participants in total.

What is the innovation/policy/project/technology? How does it work?

Taking the carbon footprint concept as its basis, the product programme makes the connection between individuals’ low-carbon behaviours and carbon management; a concrete method of credit quantification is determined as well. Citizens’ real-time low-carbon behaviours are recorded and quantified into carbon reductions using green credits granted via the My Nanjing app. Citizens may use the green credits to trade discount and public services and other commodities in the green store.

Next Steps

Step by step, Nanjing will build a city-wide carbon-inclusive system promotion platform based on the low-carbon travel public service platform and the carbon footprint concept. It will organise the implementation of a carbon-inclusive system pilot programme, further quantify carbon reductions deriving from the low-carbon behaviours of the public, reward members of the public with corresponding credits or carbon coins, and encourage the public to embrace a low-carbon life. We will establish a commercial incentive mechanism to develop financial and fiscal policies that support the promotion of the carbon-inclusive system. We will also encourage financial organisations and business alliances to develop innovative carbon-inclusive financial products such as carbon credits and carbon coins to facilitate the public in enjoying low-carbon rights and interest and credit exchange. We will support financial organisations to build green loans, green securities, green insurance and green trust and thereby to expand the financing channels of low-carbon enterprises.

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