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Platform aims to help cities plan their climate action

ClimateView claims the platform balances the transition to net-zero with a city’s economic needs and provides an interactive tool to ensure the success of the plan’s delivery.

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Swedish city of Umeå, which is an early adoptor of the ClimateOS platform
Swedish city of Umeå, which is an early adoptor of the ClimateOS platform

Swedish climate tech company ClimateView has unveiled a platform designed to help cities with their climate action planning and enable them to execute an optimal pathway to net-zero emissions.

 

Described as the world’s first platform for cities “serious about tackling climate change”, according to ClimateView, ClimateOS enables cities to build plans that respond dynamically to their local climate journey. The company claims the platform balances the transition to net-zero with a city’s economic needs and provides an interactive tool to ensure the success of the plan’s delivery.

 

Climate transition

 

According to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, cities account for more than 70 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions. In addition, the success of COP26 is thought to rest heavily on the new and ambitious plans brought forward by the world’s cities and yet, at present, progress is being stalled due to a lack of standardisation when working with the climate transition on a city level, ClimateView reports.

 

Cities worldwide, from those with a carbon neutrality target to those struggling to address the environmental and economic challenges of rapid urbanisation and population growth, have no clear guidance on how to reach net-zero.

 

ClimateOS provides cities with pre-populated and evolving climate data as well as a means to test and evaluate millions of scenarios that balance emission reduction goals with essential activities in their local economy, thereby supporting sustainable growth.

“In Umeå, we are utilising ClimateView’s technology as our primary climate planning tool in order to visualise the climate impact together with potential solutions to reduce emissions”

Through interactive visualisations, the technology also helps to improve carbon literacy and transparency citywide by enabling all stakeholders to understand the city’s action plan, assess where cross-party collaboration is required, and make direct contributions. In turn, ClimateView said this will enable climate strategists to fast-track decision making processes.

 

Erik Eklund, energy and climate advisor for the City of Umeå, an early adopter of ClimateView’s technology, said: “Traditionally, cities have made use of spreadsheets to monitor emissions. This involves the manual inputting of lagging emission indicators and calculation formulas creating a lot of work for those involved, while also leaving a lot of room for human error.”

 

“In Umeå, we are utilising ClimateView’s technology as our primary climate planning tool in order to visualise the climate impact together with potential solutions to reduce emissions as well as the climate mitigation work already being conducted in the city,” he continued.

 

“As well as helping us live up to our pledge of becoming climate neutral by 2030 faster and more efficiently, ClimateView has also provided us with a universal language with which we can communicate and, ultimately, collaborate with other cities, making the exchange on data and collective learning far easier than before.”

 

Instead of working backwards from national, top-down emissions data, ClimateOS is powered by a holistic pool of bottom-up variables such as a city’s size, its corresponding socio-economic parameters, and physical operations.

“ClimateView has also provided us with a universal language with which we can communicate and, ultimately, collaborate with other cities, making the exchange on data and collective learning far easier than before”

This makes powerful and reliable data assumptions possible, providing cities with an understanding of which activities cause emissions, how to move these from a high-carbon state to a lower one and how to measure the transition impact, according to ClimateView.

 

This process, in turn, enables them to take ownership of the emissions that result from their own economic activities, regardless of boundaries, and lays the ground for both action and shared responsibility across city stakeholders and citizens.

 

ClimateView created Transition Elements – universal building blocks that together encapsulate over 95 universal ‘shifts’ that are essential to addressing climate change, such as switching from private to public transport or from gas to clean electric heating in houses. Each Transition Element contains key indicators, calculations, validations, and best practices necessary to achieve specific, meaningful carbon abatement results.

 

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