This Google Tool is Helping Cities Measure their Carbon FootprintEnvironment
More than one hundred cities worldwide can now utilize Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) to monitor the city’s air pollution and carbon footprint, by compiling data from multiple sources with publicly available information about carbon emissions.
Google explained in a blog post that EIE “relies on anonymous, highly aggregated mapping data and standard GHG emission factors to estimate city building and transportation carbon emissions, as well as solar energy potential.”
The data sources include location history, building outlines and types, street-view and overhead imagery, and other information gathered from Google’s many data aggregating tools and applications.
The online tool uses Google Earth’s analysis platform, along with NASA’s Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections datasets.
EIE has officially published data for 100 cities, and its team has processed climate-relevant data across an initial sample of 3,000 cities to produce emission insights from approximately 95 million buildings and nearly 3 trillion kilometers traveled, Google said.
Making environmental data available will empower cities, communities, and companies to address climate issues and accelerate action, according to Google.
The tool is designed in collaboration with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), an association of 9,149 cities representing over 780 million people and more than 10% of the world’s population.