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 Data-Driven Climate Action project provides valuable data to assist local and regional governments in the decision-making process regarding climate action. 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.

First Edition: Case Studies

The first edition 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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Second Edition: Case Studies

The second edition 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.
Morro da Cruz - Porto Alegre, Brazil

GUIDED BY DATA: CIRCULAR PROJECTS IN MORRO DA CRUZ COMMUNITY – PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL

The vulnerable community of Morro da Cruz in Porto Alegre City, Brazil, is transforming a community center and local schools into hubs for environment-based circular economy. The initiative uses data from community based assessments and Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE), to inform decision-making and to upscale or even replicate this model in other schools and areas in Porto Alegre City.

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Monterrey, Mexico

USING DIGITAL PLATFORMS TO BUILD CLIMATE SMART CITIES IN THE MONTERREY METROPOLITAN AREA, MEXICO

The industrialized and ever-growing region of Monterrey Metropolitan Area (MMA) in Mexico is utilizing data-driven platforms to provide more accurate technical support for the development and implementation of future climate action plans for the region. Through a combination of local climate data and Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) platform, they aim to generate more robust information in order to build climate smart cities.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

DRIVE TO THRIVE: REDUCING AIR POLLUTION IN THE ISLAND OF AMAGER - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

In response to air quality concerns, along with the recognized need to enliven public space and promote more social interaction in developing area of Ørestad, a local NGO launched a one-year study of air quality on the island of Amager. The project underscored the importance of a data-driven approach that involves heavy stakeholder engagement as a way to build awareness and buy-in to critical issues such as air quality.

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Solutions Guide

A solution guide was compiled through a grant from Google.org to guide local governments on “How to effectively work with local stakeholders” in the framework of a series of activities that aim to help local governments demystify the process of translating data into climate action, resulting in cities across the globe developing more strategic and more effective climate change mitigation projects.

The solutions is available in English, Spanish, and French.

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Working effectively with local stakeholders using available data for climate and energy action

English

Trabajar eficazmente con actores locales utilizando datos disponibles para la acción por el clima y la energía

Español

Travailler efficacement avec les parties prenantes pour l’action climatique et énergétique à l’aide des données disponibles

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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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Session 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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Session 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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