Climate Data Policy Initiative (CDPI)

Climate data is foundational to a low-carbon economy.  In order to fully transition to a low-carbon future, at the speed demanded by the climate crisis, we will need a transparent, global, and complete climate data ecosystem that enables anyone, anywhere to take informed and direct action.  This essential climate data ecosystem will need to include, at a minimum, GHG emissions, water, natural resources, and waste data. Capturing, recording, and accurately understanding this data will likely require the full complement of emerging blockchain, machine learning, sensor/IoT and related data based technologies.

The creation of a public climate data ecosystem will provide the granular, actionable information required to fuel public and private incentives for consumers to take climate friendly actions, create new markets for entrepreneurs, and support the transition from dirty-to-clean business operations.  Critical to getting there will be the creation of a latticework of interoperable policies that promote and require the development and maintenance of a climate data ecosystem.

The Climate Data Policy Initiative (CDPI) brings together climate experts, policy makers and thought leaders and fosters key institutional partnerships to provide a hub for dialogue, research and analysis of the public and private sector data policies being proposed and enacted, as well as offering model policies for establishing a robust global climate data ecosystem. 

The project is led by Co-Chairs Michael Schmitz (CodeX Fellow) and Catherine Atkin and is supported by CDPI Contributors (see bios below).

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