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Vancity to offer carbon footprint tracker for its Visa credit cards

VANCOUVER — Vancity says it is launching a program that will allow its Visa credit card holders to track the estimated carbon emissions of their purchases.
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People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Vancity says it is launching a program that will allow its Visa credit card holders to track the estimated carbon emissions of their purchases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — Vancity says it is launching a program that will allow its Visa credit card holders to track the estimated carbon emissions of their purchases. 

The Vancouver-based credit union says all Vancity Visa credit card holders will be offered the data, which will also include how their spending-linked emissions compare nationally and which purchases have the highest environmental cost.

Vancity says it is partnering with climate-focused German fintech ecolytiq to offer the carbon calculator.

The credit union says it will be the first to offer a Visa-based carbon footprint calculator in Canada when the program becomes available in the new year.

Mastercard last year announced a carbon calculator tool that banks could roll out to customers, but did not immediately respond to clarify whether any Canadian banks currently offer its calculator tool.

The Mastercard option was rolled out in collaboration with Doconomy, a Swedish fintech company that in 2019 launched a credit card with a carbon footprint limit.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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