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Google Offers Tool for Cities to Measure Emissions

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe.

It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions

Google will initially offer the tool to Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen.

It plans to add more cities on other continents in coming weeks and any city can to nominate itself via an online form.

The Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) offers data in four categories:

  • building emissions
  • transport emissions
  • general emissions
  • solar potential

The dashboard is designed to help cities see what changes they could make to lower emissions, such as creating more bike lanes or installing solar panels on buildings.

In a separate project, Air View, Google Street View cars have been measuring air pollution as they drive through cities, including London and Copenhagen.

And this data will also be shared via the EIE tool.

 

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