Kora is a points system based on reducing your carbon footprint. The points are called Koras, and 1 Kora = 1 Kg (2.2 pounds) of CO2 reduced.
The reduction is measured against certain benchmarks, e.g. driving a car over 1 km (0.62 miles), or eating 200 g of meat (7.05 Oz). At this stage Kora is focusing on transportation and planning to expand the measurements into other sectors, e.g. food and energy.
Your carbon footprint is calculated based on the average emissions associated with your activities. The app receives data about your movement to calculate emissions from your activities. (We only use your data to calculate your carbon footprint, carbon reduction and to issue Koras. Learn more here: Data Usage)
Carbon emissions calculations for transportation are based on information on emissions by transportation mode from Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Mobitool, BMVI, UBA, Handelsblatt, and Statista.
For example, on average, a gasoline car emits 200g of CO2 per km driven. Therefore, your carbon footprint will increase by 200g for each km that you drive. And for every km that you walk or bike, you earn another Kora.
Kora measures CO2 reduction by using emissions from benchmarks to compare how much CO2 you are saving by making the sustainable choice instead.
For example, when calculating emissions from mobility, we use driving a gasoline car as the benchmark and measure your CO2 reduction from choosing alternative modes of transportation. For each kilometre that you walk, you are saving 200g of CO2 that would have been emitted if you had driven a car.
Kora puts a monetary value on carbon reduction, instead of on carbon production. A Kora is a reward for reducing your carbon footprint. 1kg of carbon reduced = 1 Kora. We also add multipliers based on the amount of effort it requires to complete the action.
Walking: x7 - you get 1 Kora for 1000 steps (around 140g CO2 reduction)
Staying at home: x3 - you get 12 Koras for 1 day stayed at home (3kg CO2 reduction)
Biking: x2.5 - you get 1 Kora for 2km ridden (around 400g CO2 reduction)
Public transport: x1 - you get 1 Kora for 7km travelled (1kg CO2 reduction)
Electric car: x1 - you get 1 Kora for 10km travelled (1kg CO2 reduction)
Train: 0.5 - you get 1 Kora for 15km travelled (2kg CO2 reduction)
You can redeem your Koras in the Kora marketplace where we feature a range of different products from Kora and our partners. We select products and partners based on what is relevant and desirable for our Kora users. We are also currently open to accepting new partners. (Contact Us: email@example.com)
There is a limit of the number of products that can be bought only with Koras. These products can be claimed on a first-come first-serve basis. In the future, most products will be offered with discounts paid with Koras.
In order to keep the value of Kora, the number of total Koras earned per day is limited to a maximum of 45* Koras per day, of which:
Walking: up to 15 Koras per day
Staying at home - 12 Koras per day
Biking - up to 25 Koras per day
Public Transportation - up to 10 Koras per day
Other - up to 10 Koras per day
* you may reach more than this amount, and yet the limit is 45 Koras per day.
Kora can start rewarding Android users from the moment they sign up (even if they have not downloaded the app yet) because we can pull steps data from the Google Fit app on your phone to make calculations about your mobility and time spent at home retroactively.
Once the Android app is ready to be downloaded (in May), you will receive the Koras that you have already earned in April for staying at home.
In order that we can calculate your footprint and reward you for reducing it, on your iPhone you should enable access to Apple Health, Location Tracking and Motion and Fitness tracking after you sign up with your email Kora app.
If you have not given consent for the tracking dialogs after signup you can also manually activate it in tracking. For this go to Settings > Health > Data > Kora and choose Allow Data for all categories (cycling distance, steps, walking + running distance). Enable location tracking by going to Settings > Confidentiality > Location Services > Kora and choosing Always Allow Location Services.
To enable more precise tracking of cycling, you can use 3rd party cycling tracking apps:
Go to Strava Profile > Settings > Applications, Services, and Devices > Connect with Health
Doing so will allow Kora to access your cycling data through Apple Health
Go to Endomondo app > More > Settings > Health > Connect Apple Health > Turn All Categories On
Go to Komoot app > Profile > Settings > Apple Health > Connect Apple Health > Turn All Categories On
Kora rewards are the prizes available to Kora app users who earn the required amount of Kora points and redeem them in Kora built-in marketplace. There is a limited quantity of each prize item available in the marketplace and it is specified for each item. The items are served on the first came - first served basis. Those users of Kora app, that earn the necessary amount of points first will be able to be first to redeem their Koras for the rewards available. Items in Kora marketplace are provided by Kora itself and our Partners/Sponsors. Apple is not a sponsor of the items available as Kora rewards.