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Google.org and Data-Driven Climate Action

Data as a tool to decision-making for climate action

Data-driven decision-making is a crucial step in planning, implementing and monitoring climate change mitigation initiatives. The Google.org and Data-Driven Climate Action project provides valuable data to assist local and regional governments in the decision-making process regarding climate action. As part of this project, three ICLEI Regional Secretariats are participating in the Action Fund initiative. By collecting and assessing data related to climate change mitigation efforts, cities can communicate lessons learned and help support decision-making and climate action planning.

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The Action Fund

The Action Fund is an initiative led by ICLEI with support from Google.org, to boost environmental projects in selected cities in Europe, Mexico and South America. The grant aims at empowering civil society organisations, academic institutions and non-profit research institutes, leading data-driven climate action efforts to reduce citywide emissions.

Case Studies

The following case studies document the lessons learned from the participating cities and Action Fund projects, specifically focused on how individual projects:

- Interpreted available data and defined its indicators for monitoring 

- Identified specific opportunities for investment based on that data-driven decisions 

- Used selected data to generate buy-in from relevant stakeholders, and 

- Translated selected data into tactical steps for project execution.


Monterrey Metropolitan Area and Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico

This case study explores how two data-driven projects in Mexico use local data and data-driven platforms to support climate planning and action. In the Monterrey Metropolitan Area (MMA), the project  showcases how climate-related data can support climate planning and monitoring by providing robust greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction estimates. While in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (AMG), the project demonstrates how data measurements can be transformed into knowledge to support climate action.


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Birmingham, United Kingdom

This case study showcases how energy and climate-related data is being translated into a strategic project, developed by the UK based organization Centre of Sustainable Energy (CSE), that aims to support Birmingham in achieving its net zero emissions commitment by 2030.


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Webinars

The value of publicly available data for enhancing climate change mitigation is reflected in measurable actions and projects which could lead local governments to increase their emissions reduction ambition. The importance of data-driven decision-making for climate action planning and implementation depends on the processes, methods and tools for data collection, as well as its management and interpretation.

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Session 1: CSOs case studies

The webinars addressed the following questions:

- How is data collected and managed for taking decisions, in both developing and developed countries, to leverage climate action?

- How can data generate buy-in from relevant stakeholders to mobilize climate action?

- How can available climate data be interpreted to identify indicators, project and investment opportunities?

- How can publicly available data contribute to the improvement of a city’s climate action? For example, the individual Action Fund projects supported by a Google grant.

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Action Fund & ICLEI EU

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PIP for a city of the future

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Project 3D CSE

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Session 2: Cities case studies

The webinars addressed the following questions:

- How is data collected and managed for taking decisions, in both developing and developed countries, to leverage climate action?

- How can data generate buy-in from relevant stakeholders to mobilize climate action?

- How can available climate data be interpreted to identify indicators, project and investment opportunities?

- How can publicly available data contribute to the improvement of a city’s climate action? For example, the individual Action Fund projects supported by a Google grant.

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From Climate Data to Climate Action

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Data-driven climate action in Belo Horizonte

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Data-driven decision-making to support effective climate action

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