14 Apr '18, 9am

A Data Drought Hampers Cities from Acting on Climate Change

Imagine you're a local sustainability officer developing an initiative to reduce emissions. But you don't know how many emissions the city produces, or where they're coming from. You don't know who the city's biggest energy users are, how many cars are on the road, or the amount of waste produced every year. And even if you can set goals for reducing emissions, you have no way of measuring progress against them. This is a situation far too many policymakers and city officials face every day. While cities occupy only 2 percent of the world's land, they account for 70 percent of global emissions. Lacking the right data to take action puts them—and the whole world—in jeopardy. The Data Cities Have vs. the Data They Need There is a growing number of cities around the world moving toward efficient and clean energy systems in order to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement o...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2018/04/data-drought-hampers-citi...

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