GOOGLE: A Matter Of Impact: November Updates From

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COP26 wrapped up last week, and world leaders and industry experts headed home with commitments made to work together to further reduce emissions. This blog post explains more about Google’s commitments.

Even for climate negotiators, transparent and trustworthy data around emissions can be hard to come by. There has been little effort to develop the data sets and models necessary to create a common fact base. We asked ourselves, “How can advocates, citizens, governments, and businesses accelerate climate action?”

We believe that philanthropic money can play an important role in the creation of public goods such as transparent data sets or digital tools that are easily accessible. To make better decisions, the world needs solid data and tools that can be used to track and verify progress. That’s why much of our sustainability-related philanthropy is now focused on funding the creation and organization of data and the tools to make this data easily usable.

Three of our grantees launched tools around COP26 that are examples of this in action. ClimateTRACE , The world’s first independent, comprehensive and near-real-time greenhouse gas (GHG), monitoring platform uses large scale data and AI models in order to provide accurate, neutral data for everyone. On the small business side, the work of Normative is hugely promising. They are helping small businesses to calculate their emissions and help them compile detailed carbon reports that will allow them to make better choices about reducing their carbon footprint. For consumers, Open Food facts , is an open-access database that allows users to see the eco-scores of food products by simply scanning the barcode with their mobile devices. We are proud to support these organizations, and we look forward to more opportunities for philanthropic funding to be combined with technology to make climate change a reality.

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Here’s recent progress our grantees have made to close these data gaps.

BlueConduit is mapping out lead pipes across the U.S, for remediation.
Open Food Facts expanded to 50 countries — you’ll hear more on that from their co-founder Pierre Slamich below.
Normative debuted their Industry CO2 Insights carbon emissions accounting engine for small businesses at COP26.
Restor launched an open data platform built on Google Earth Engine that allows anyone to select an area around the world and analyze its restoration potential.
Dark Matter Labs launched their first version of TreesAI (Trees As Infrastructure), an open source platform to make it easy to map, monitor and forecast ecosystem services. This tool allows local authorities to attract funding to create and maintain urban nature-focused tools that combat climate change.
Climate TRACE, supported by $8 million in funding from and a team of Fellows, talked about their emissions tracking project in this video.

Pierre Slamich is co-founder of Open Food Facts.

“Food has an impact on your health, as well as the environment, with one third of human carbon emissions related to food. It is crucial to increase access to this vital information to empower consumers as well as producers to improve the food system. We are grateful for the contributions of fellows to Open Food Facts’ machine learning and mobile efforts. Scaling Eco-Score computations and turning them into useful knowledge will eventually benefit billions of people — either directly through the new Open Food Facts mobile app or indirectly thanks to systemic changes in the food system, fostered by increased transparency.”

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