Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans said that the company is working on a way for consumers to track their carbon footprints. He made the remarks during a panel at the World Economic Forum annual meeting.
Evans said, “we’re developing, through technology, an ability for consumers to measure their own carbon footprint.” He explained that this would involve data pertaining to where and how people travel, as well as what they eat and consume on the platform.
“So, individual carbon footprint tracker. Stay tuned, we don’t have it operational yet. But this is something that we’re working on,” he noted.
Evans said, “we’re also creating a SaaS application for businesses so each business, large business, small business, can track their carbon footprint. So this is not something that businesses would normally develop themselves because it’s too expensive.”
Evans said that the company’s efforts are not in pursuit of profit, but in order to work toward meeting its ESG goals.
He also spoke about encouraging people to travel via the most efficient route and mode of transport. When people opt to “take advantage of those recommendations, we’ll give them bonus points that they can redeem,” he said.
The business figure’s comments came during a panel titled, “Strategic Outlook: Responsible Consumption.”
“What new business models, policies and incentives are needed to responsibly and inclusively advance consumption for a healthier planet and people?” the description says.
U.S. special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry spoke during a different panel, and continued to peddle climate alarmism, claiming that “there isn’t any country on the planet that isn’t feeling … the impacts of the climate crisis.” Kerry claimed that the “crisis” has been caused “by human beings.”
“I am absolutely convinced we will get to a low carbon, no carbon economy on this planet. I cannot tell you I’m convinced that we will get there in time,” he declared.
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