Environmental Insights Explorer

Environmental Insights Explorer

Mission: To make it easier for cities to access, and act on, data and information related to climate change....

Background: To date, more than nine thousand cities have made commitments to comply with the Paris Agreement, a framework for reducing and eventually eliminating the world's reliance on fossil fuels. However, fewer than 20 percent have submitted a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to relevant authorities. In partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Google created the Environmental Insights Explorer tool to make it easier for cities around the world to estimate their GHG inventory, take steps to reduce GHG emissions, and measure their progress. With the tool, datasets that once required onsite measurements and many months to compile can now be assessed virtually, thereby reducing the investment of time and money that often prevents cities from taking decisive climate change-related action. 

Outstanding Web Features: Still in beta, EIE emerged from a decade's worth of climate-related projects at Google, including Project Sunroof, a tool that measures rooftop solar energy potential, and Earth Engine, a platform for geospatial analysis. The tool makes city-level data freely available in three categories: building emissions, transportation emissions, and rooftop solar potential. After users have selected a city (Buenos Aires, Argentina; Melbourne, Australia; Victoria, Canada; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; or Mountain View, California, with more to come), they can explore insights that support a GHG inventory, customize results with their own data, and/or set mitigation goals and identify reduction opportunities. In each category, visitors also can drill down to more specific statistics and key assumptions made. Links to other information, including the methodology behind the site and ways to reduce emissions, are also available, as are links to advanced APIs and analytics, information about the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Carbon-Free City Handbook from the Rocky Mountain Institute, and climate action plans specific to the cities included in the tool.

Main Office:
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043
Subjects: environment
Location: national; other


October 10, 2018