Google offers a tool to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels. This tool was previously available in the United States but has now expanded to Europe. It compiles transportation and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions.
Google had originally planned to introduce it in the cities of Birmingham, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Coventry, Dublin and Copenhagen, and later it planned to add more cities and continents in the coming weeks. Google has also allowed any city to nominate itself via an online form.
The Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) is offering data in four categories: Building emissions, transport emissions, general emissions, and solar potential.
The app is designed as such that it would help see cities what changes they could make to lower emissions, such as creating more bike lanes or installing solar panels on buildings.
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13 November, 2019