Australian Begins Linking Customer Transactions to Carbon Footprint
The of potential future 'carbon allowance' limits, a major bank
in Australia has introduced a new feature that links purchases
to a customer's carbon footprint and warns them when they are
going over the average.
Australia's Commonwealth Bank (CBA) has partnered with Cogo,
a "carbon management solutions" company, to launch the new feature,
which is part of CBA's online banking platform.
The bank gives the customer the option to "pay a fee" to offset their
carbon footprint, with the average listed as 1,280 kilograms, a long
way from the 'sustainable' figure of 200 kilograms.
A person's carbon footprint is calculated and then an 'equivalent'
metric is show to make the customer feel guilty about it, such as
"8 trees being cut".
"By combining our rich customer data and CoGo's industry-leading
capability in measuring carbon outputs, we will be able to provide
greater transparency for customers so that they can take actionable
steps to reduce their environmental footprint," CommBank Group
executive Angus Sullivan said in a statement.
The bank has promised to refine the calculation down to showing
how much CO2 individual purchases are responsible for.
While initially presented as a handy way for someone to track their
consumption habits and the supposed impact they have on the
environment, some fear that such schemes could one day become
mandatory and place limits on purchases of customers who exceed
their 'carbon allowance.'
As we previously highlighted, allied with climate lockdowns,
technocrats want to exploit hysteria over climate change to increase
financial control over individuals.
Such a proposal was presented in the science journal Nature by four
environmental "experts" as a means of reducing global carbon
Everyone would be issued with a 'carbon allowance card' "that would
entail all adults receiving an equal tradable carbon allowance that
reduces over time in line with national [carbon] targets."
The authors make it clear that the program would be a "national
Carbon units would be "deducted from the personal budget with every
payment of transport fuel, home-heating fuels and electricity bills,"
and anyone going over the limit would be forced to purchase
additional units in the personal carbon market from those with
excess to sell."
Of course, the wealthy would be easily able to afford the offsets,
and many of them are directly invested in the trading mechanisms
that the scheme would be based on.
The proposal makes clear that the means of measuring a person's
uptake of carbon units for travel would function "on the basis of the
tracking the user's movement history."
The authors note that mass compliance with COVID-19 lockdown
regulations has greased the skids for further intrusive tyranny and
that, "people may be more prepared to accept the tracking and
limitations related to PCAs to achieve a safer climate" as a result.