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Online carbon calculator for green Expo

2009. 17 December

( A computer calculator will be running at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai as part of a serious effort to make sure that it is truly a green event. The Expo's environment official, Zhang Jianyu, told the Oriental Morning Post that this calculator will be available from mid-January on an Expo-themed section of websites such as

Visitors can calculate how many carbon emissions are involved in their visiting the Expo by typing in their departure points and transport taken to the site.

There are recommendations on how to cut emissions: residents living close to the Expo Park are advised to cycle or walk to the venue, while those on buses or driving cars should travel in groups.

Shanghai Daily reports overseas visitors can donate to carbon-offsetting agents who will plant trees or take part in other ecology programs to offset their flights to Shanghai.

Our illustration shows part of an online computer program working on the same principle which is available in Australia.