Reporting

Net-Zero Public Data Utility

By Climate Data Steering Committee
September 2022

The Climate Data Steering Committee has unveiled recommendations for the Net-Zero Data Public Utility (NZDPU), a new open-data utility that will address data gaps, inconsistencies, and inaccessibility that slow climate action. The NZDPU will provide accurate, trusted, and verifiable data to facilitate and scale the transition to a net-zero economy, and its foundational data will be made openly available to all.

The Climate Data Steering Committee, composed of experts from academia, industry, and government, was established to guide the development of the climate data utility. The committee’s recommendations include the need for robust data quality controls, standardisation of data formats, and the use of open data standards to facilitate data sharing and collaboration.

The proposed climate data utility would provide access to a range of climate data, including historical climate data, climate projections, and information on climate-related risks and vulnerabilities. The utility would also provide tools and resources to help users analyse and interpret the data, and make informed decisions about climate-related risks and opportunities.

The development of a publicly accessible climate data utility is seen as a critical step in addressing the climate crisis, as reliable and comprehensive climate data is essential for developing effective climate policies and strategies. The utility would also help businesses, governments, and other organisations identify and manage climate-related risks and opportunities, and enable them to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

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