Data-Driven Climate Action

Data as a tool to decision-making for climate action

100% Renewables Cities and Regions Roadmap

This project facilitates the energy transition by raising local awareness on RE sources, showcasing how local and national governments can create coordinated enabling frameworks and policies, exploring access to public and private sector finance, and building local RE projects addressing electricity and heating and cooling.

This approach will allow cities and regions to not only unlock one of the largest potential solutions for GHG emission reduction, but also drive sustainable economic growth and local job creation, as well as realize various social, health and governance benefits.

ICLEI will work together with local and regional governments from three selected cities and regions each in Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya. The project will foster multilevel governance, and put that collaboration at the heart of the sustainable energy transition.

 

Case Studies

The case studies for this project document the lessons learned from the participating cities of the project, as well as cities that are part of the Action Fund initiative. The case studies focus on how individual projects:

  • Interpreted available data and defined its indicators for monitoring.
  • Identified specific opportunities for investment based on data-driven decisions.
  • Used selected data to generate buy-in from relevant stakeholders.
  • Translated selected data into tactical steps for project execution.

While the elaboration of the case studies was made possible with grant support from Google.org, the projects reflected in the Belo Horizonte and Boulder case studies are not funded by Google.org.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The City of Belo Horizonte is implementing public mitigation policies, adaptation measures to climate change, and improving attempts to reduce GHG emissions and their effects on local and global warming. Data analysis, collection, and monitoring are a basis for Belo Horizonte’s climate action plan. Belo Horizonte is an example of how cities can use data to ensure precise, supervised, and effective climate action.

*The elaboration of this case study was made possible with grant support from Google.org. The projects reflected in this case study are not funded by Google.org.

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Boulder, Colorado, USA

The City of Boulder is taking bold, innovative, and collaborative actions to create systemic change that equitably addresses the global climate crisis and ensures the quality of life in Boulder and beyond. Data analysis, collection, and monitoring provide a basis for Boulder’s Climate Mobilization Action Plan. Boulder is an example of how cities can use data to ensure precise, supervised, and effective climate action.

*The elaboration of this case study was made possible with grant support from Google.org. The projects reflected in this case study are not funded by Google.org.

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The Action Fund

As part of this project, three ICLEI Regional Secretariats are participating in the Action Fund initiative.

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 organizations, academic institutions, and non-profit research institutes, leading data-driven climate action efforts to reduce citywide emissions.

As part of this project, three ICLEI Regional Secretariats are participating in the Action Fund initiative.

The following case studies are part of the Action Fund initiative.

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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.

Part of the Action Fund initiative

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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.

*Part of the Action Fund initiative

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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.

Access the webinars and share the journey of different institutions and locally implemented projects leading in data management processes and interpretation for decision making.

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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Presentations

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?

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Presentations

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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