Digital Maps

Global Air Quality Index

The Air Quality Map visualizes global air quality, weather forecasts and presents statistical analyses.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Air Quality Map visualizes global air quality, weather forecasts and presents statistical analyses.

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Biodiversity Map

Biodiversity is the basis for human survival and sustainable development and the safeguard for ecological and food safety.

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Green Supply Chain Map

IPE leads an energetic effort to increase the corporate responsibility for managing the environmental impacts and carbon footprints of its supply chains in China.

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Corporate Map

The Corporate Map enables real-time tracking and visualisation of corporate environmental performance, with the aim to motivate industrial facilities to accelrate low-carbon development.

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Water Map

The Water Map visualizes China’s ground water and drinking water source quality over the years.

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Digital tools

  1. Corporate Carbon Emission
  2. Product Carbon Footprint
  3. Corporate Carbon Target

What is Carbon Accounting?

Carbon Accounting is the process to quantify the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by corporations. As majority of GHGs are measured as carbon dioxide in this process, we simply call it “Carbon Accounting”.

How to conduct Carbon Accounting?

Carbon accounting for corporations is a process to calculate the amount of carbon emissions within the corporation boundaries in a certain period, based on relevant standards or guidelines. Carbon accounting could help with understanding corporations’ carbon emission status, setting emission reduction targets, carrying out emission reduction actions and responding to carbon disclosure requirements. GHG emissions at corporation level are categorized by scope and distinguished according to the source of the emissions: Scope 1 direct emissions, Scope 2 indirect energy emissions and Scope 3 all other indirect emissions.

To help corporations and organizations carry on carbon accounting processes with high efficiency at a lower cost, Corporate GHG Emissions Accounting Platform was developed based on Guidelines on GHG Accounting Methods and Reporting for industry companies. Through inserting accounting equations and emission factors for 24 industries, this platform could support corporations to start carbon accounting both within organizational boundary and including their value chain, also with additional functions like automatic cross check and data quality level.

What is Product Carbon Footprint?

Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) indicates the total GHG emissions generated by a product, which includes emissions in material acquisition and pre-processing, production, distribution and storage, use and end-of-life. PCF is measured by carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

How to measure Product Carbon Footprint?

Based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the primary methods for calculating product carbon footprint include GHG Protocol, PAS 2050 and ISO 14067. The system boundary commonly used includes: cradle to gate (from raw material acquisition to product delivery) and cradle to grave (from raw material acquisition to final product disposal).

To guide the enterprises to identify the emission hotspots along its product life cycle and reduce greenhouse emissions, the "Product Carbon Footprint Accounting Platform" has built-in GHG emission factors originating in China for the whole life cycle of products. This will increase the efficiency and effectiveness for enterprises and consumers to calculate GHG emissions of each product in each life cycle stage.

What are “science-based targets”?

Science-based targets provide a clearly-defined pathway for companies to reduce GHG emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change and future-proof business growth. Targets are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

How to set a carbon target?

“Company Carbon Target Setting Tool” generates options for enterprise to set emission reduction targets based on SBTi methodology. It could empower mid and small-sized enterprises set appropriate science-based emission reduction targets (align with 1.5°C, well-below 2°C and 2°C pathway). By simply inputting base year emission data, combined with industry, region, policy requirements, etc., this tool could help enterprise easily set their Scope 1+2 and Scope 3 emission reduction targets.

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Snapshot lightens up neighborhood garbage sorting.

To help promote the establishment of waste separation systems in 46 key cities, in May 2020, IPE and Vanke Foundation jointly developed a waste map and, under the guidance of the China Forum of Environmental Journalists launched the "Snapshot Lightens Up Neighborhood Garbage Sorting" campaign. The campaign encourages the public to research, upload and identify the garbage sorting situation in their neighborhoods through the App's garbage sorting function, hoping to promote the active participation of urban residents in garbage sorting, reduction and recycling through data crowdsourcing and citizen participation, and to build a better home with blue sky, green land and clear water!

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Biodiversity Snapshot

Biodiversity is the basis for human survival and development, the bloodline and foundation of the Earth's living community. With population growth and the expansion of human economic activities, global biodiversity is facing serious threats, and the conservation of biodiversity requires government and professional organizations to carry out, as well as extensive public participation. In 2021, IPE launched "The "Environmental Protection at Your Fingertips - Biodiversity Snapshot Campaign" under the guidance of the China Forum of Environmental Journalists. The campaign encourages netizens to submit pictures of species through Blue Map, introducing AI recognition function to help users easily identify the species photographed, while overlaying environmental, meteorological and geographical information to form a crowdsourced record of species distribution. We hope to see more partners joining the campaign to map the distribution of species in China!

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Plastic Reduction Campaign

The development of plastic recycling economy and plastic pollution control requires the participation of the government, enterprises and citizens. The public, more than a mere "consumer" in plastic pollution control, are also enforcers of macro policies and observers and supervisors of the performance of plastic consumption enterprises. Since June 2022, with the support of the China Environmental Protection Association and UNDP, IPE has been organizing the "Plastic Reduction Observation Campaign", inviting the public to take pictures of plastic bags, single-use disposable cutlery, and other plastic products used in shopping malls, farmers' markets, restaurants, hotels, etc. By sharing the pictures on the Blue Map app's "Plastic Recycling Map", the campaign hopes to guide the public to pay attention to the use of plastic products during consumption and to motivate the business to be in compliance with plastic restriction policies.

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Carbon Footprint Snapshot

With the promotion of the "dual carbon" goal, the concept and policy of low carbon development are receiving more and more attention. Many people are often confused about the carbon emissions associated with their own clothing, food, housing and transportation, as well as having a vague understanding about the identification of low carbon products and the effectiveness of low carbon behavior. Based on the "China Products Carbon Footprint Factors Database", Blue Map and its partner Carbon Talk have developed the Carbon Easy Check, a tool which allows users to calculate the carbon emissions of products by taking photos of objects or selecting products, and to learn about the embedded carbon footprint of various products, so that they can make greener choices and contribute to carbon reduction and carbon neutrality!

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Blue Map Calender

We all contribute to the making of a beautiful China. In 2017, Blue Map launched the "Share" function, which allows users to upload pictures of blue sky, rivers, pollution, people and nature, record and provide visual data for the change of air quality in the city. Different watermarks can be selected on each photo containing: air AQI indices, Environmental Protection at Your Fingertip, temperature, humidity, etc. In 2018, Blue Map and the China Environmental Journalists Association launched the "Environmental Protection at Your Fingertips" campaign, which advocates taking photos of beautiful China, showcasing the achievements of ecological civilization construction, and superimposing air watermarks to call for more citizens to protect the blue skies.

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Climate Action Checklist

Climate change mitigation and adaptation requires participation and contribution from individuals. In our daily lives, saving one kilowatt-hour of electricity and using one less set of disposable tableware will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to address climate change and contribute to the dual-carbon goal, IPE has jointly launched the "Climate Hub" with WildAid. By quantifying emission reductions from individual low-carbon behavior and user interactions, it aims to enhance public awareness of climate change, improve society's climate resilience, and promote quantifiable emission reductions at the consumption end. Join us in discovering climate action in your life and making a difference!

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