Global digital payment company Visa has launched Visa Eco Benefits in Asia Pacific to encourage eco-friendly payment solutions across the region. 

According to the press release, Visa Eco Benefits is a suite of sustainability-focused solutions that will help Visa cardholders across the region better understand the environmental impact of their day-to-day payments. They can calculate the carbon footprint generated by their Visa transactions, and access options for carbon offsetting or charitable donations from their bank's website or app.

Visa Eco Benefits offers solutions including carbon footprint calculator that offers insights powered by Verrency for cardholders to understand the estimated carbon footprint generated by their purchases; carbon offsets where cardholders can elect to offset their carbon footprint from a range of specially curated projects in areas such as forestry and clean energy; charitable contributions which are donations to environmental organisations can be triggered when Visa cards are used; physical payment cards made from sustainable materials and personalised education.

Banks in Asia Pacific that sign up for Eco Benefits will be able to offer these solutions to their Visa cardholders and meet a growing demand for sustainable financial services. According to a new Visa/YouGov survey, 66% of consumers in Asia Pacific expect their bank to offer eco-friendly payment solutions. Over half (52%) would switch banks in order to access a product or service that helps them understand the carbon footprint of their spending.

"The majority (78%) of people in Asia Pacific said they are more likely to make more environmentally friendly purchases if they're able to see their carbon footprint and take steps to change their spending habits," said Chris Clark, president, Asia Pacific, Visa. "Our bank and fintech partners across the region can now add these sustainability features to existing Visa cards. Eco Benefits is another way that Visa is expanding our network beyond payment transactions to deliver more insights to our partners and their customers." Clark added.

"Consumer household expenditure, the products and services we purchase every day, is a major contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions," said Jeroen Van Son, global CEO of Verrency. "That gives us as consumers a phenomenal opportunity to address climate change by off-setting the carbon footprint of our day-to-day behaviour and start to live a carbon neutral life. Up until now, customers did not have any convenient tools to take decisive action to offset their carbon footprint. Verrency's Carbon Action Index changes that. From now on, consumers can choose to live a carbon neutral life, just by using their Visa card as they do today." Son added.

Visa Eco Benefits is a continuation of Visa's global aspiration to be a climate positive company, using its products, services, data, network and brand to drive sustainable commerce and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. In 2021, Visa announced a pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement goal.

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