Discovery has been granted a patent for a system and method to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from user activities. The system gathers data from various sources like electricity, vehicle usage, food consumption, and flights, normalizes it, and provides feedback to users to incentivize emission reduction. GlobalData’s report on Discovery gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions for users

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Discovery Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11966956B2) discloses a computer-implemented system designed to measure greenhouse gas emitting activities of users. The system comprises a memory for storing data related to greenhouse gas emissions, a communications module for receiving data on various activities such as electricity usage, motor vehicle usage, food consumption, and flight usage. A processor is programmed to convert this data into normalized greenhouse gas emitting activities data, calculate Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (CO2e) values, and generate display data for users to view on their devices. The system also analyzes user data to identify areas for improvement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with potential rewards for users who show improvement.

Furthermore, the system can apply weights to different activities, overlay desired goals on the display, and localize emissions data based on factors like electricity production type and geographic location. The system can also receive data from specific devices like electricity usage measuring devices and telematics tags connected to motor vehicles. Additionally, a computer-implemented method is outlined for measuring greenhouse gas emitting activities, involving the conversion of data into normalized values, calculation of CO2e values, and the generation of display data for users. Improvement areas are identified, rewards are calculated for emission reductions, and desired goals can be overlaid on the display. Overall, the system aims to provide users with a comprehensive understanding of their greenhouse gas emissions and incentivize positive changes to reduce environmental impact.

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