Gránit Bank is the first commercial bank in the world to introduce the Mastercard carbon calculator, which allows cardholders to view the environmental impact of their purchases through their mobile bank. The Carbon Calculator was developed by Mastercard, together with Swedish fintech Doconomy, to help inform consumer spending and encourage more climate conscious spending choices.
In the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Mastercard announced that it will accelerate its net zero greenhouse gas emissions roadmap by one decade, from 2050 to 2040. European and Latin American banks are pioneers of the sustainable solution: in addition to Granit Bank they were the first to sign up to the Mastercard Carbon Calculator. Gránit Bank has already rolled out the function to its own customers. The Carbon Calculator is based on the Åland Index from Doconomy, which estimates the carbon footprint of each card transaction from actual carbon emissions data of the largest companies and industry averages.
“We are very proud of the fact that it is always important for Hungarian banks, including Gránit Bank to be among the first in the world to make innovative solutions available to their customers. Congratulations to Gránit Bank for this exemplary step, which does a lot to promote environmental awareness among their customers. We very much hope that more and more banking services will help Hungarian users to make conscious and sustainable choices when shopping, as it is in our common interest to protect our planet” – said Endre Eölyüs, Director of Mastercard Hungary and Slovenia.
“By choosing Granit Bank as their digital platform provider, customers are already doing a lot for the environment, as they are preventing significant amounts of paper and CO2 emissions by banking online. By using the new feature available in the bank’s mobile app, the Eco Calculator, they can take their environmental awareness to the next level. We are very delighted that Gránit Bank is the first commercial bank in the world to give the opportunity to its customers to use the calculator to track the CO2 emissions that accompany their everyday life, based on their personalized card purchases. In addition, they can easily neutralize their emissions, since with a few clicks they can plant trees that efficiently absorb CO2, with the help of a Hungarian foundation, and even monitor the CO2 neutralizing effect of their own trees day by day. The new solution will spark a green revolution in finance too.” – emphasized Péter Jendrolovics, Managing Director of Granit Bank and Head of Retail Banking.
According to a recent Mastercard survey, 85% of respondents worldwide said they would be willing to take personal action to tackle environmental and sustainability challenges in 2021. Forthcoming research from Mastercard also shows that our society is at a tipping point in terms of both the supply and demand of sustainable options.
As part of its net zero strategy, Mastercard had already committed to meet its existing science-based targets (SBTi) for greenhouse gas reduction, which are aligned to the United Nations Business Ambition for a 1.5°C future. The company transitioned to 100% renewable energy in 2018 for its operations, and its emission reduction strategy primarily centers on further decarbonization across its value chain.
With the support of its new Global Sustainability Innovation Lab, the company aims to inspire 2.9 billion Mastercard card users worldwide to take tangible action for the planet. This will include banks offering their customers digital tools that encourage climate-conscious choices. Alongside the Mastercard Carbon Calculator, these include encouraging the issuance of cards made from alternative materials.
Source: press release