Google gets a tad green with its latest app

Search Engine giant Google has released an online carbon calculator to help people collate data on their CO2 emissions.

According to CRN, the calculator was built in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and the RSA, which is a security rather than an environment company.

The project lets individuals choose carbon-reducing steps and compare how they fare with regards to other UK participants through Google's UK Carbon Footprint Map.

Other features in this project, which appears in the form of a tab on your Google Home include a dedicated carbon footprint news feed, user generated videos from Sky, a RSS feed for Carbon Footprint, a statistics page as well as a UK Carbon Footprint Discussion group.

Ed Parsons, Geospatial technologist at Google, says: "We want to help people find the information they are looking for as quickly as possible and that's why we have launched this project. People in the UK can find out their carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce it."

It is not known whether Google plans to expand this initiative to other projects like Poverty reduction or fighting HIV.