This session, hosted by Laurence Watson, covers 4 lightning talks, followed by a Q&A panel discussion. 

Accelerating action on climate change with data (Laurence Watson)
Subak works with innovative data-driven non-profit organisations to move the needle on climate. We believe open data is a key driver of innovation. However, too often in the climate sector, valuable insights remain siloed within organisations. Climate data is opaque, messy and locked away. We’re looking to change that. We’re building a data cooperative: a source of truth on climate data. We’re making data connected, searchable and trusted to help accelerate the impact of climate nonprofits.

Life cycle data for sustainable supply chain management for chemicals and plastics (Arne Kaetelhoen)
Many large companies are looking for ways to manage the immense costs of lowering their environmental impacts. These companies know that a large part of their environmental footprint comes from raw materials, such as chemicals and plastics, which they purchase from their suppliers. Two or more suppliers producing the same chemical product can have vastly different environmental impacts. This is because suppliers can use various techniques to produce the same product. For the large companies who buy these products, the differences between suppliers’ environmental impacts create an opportunity. Instead of only making costly, low-impact adjustments to their own production sites, companies can also cause significant impact reductions at a lower cost by choosing suppliers with the lowest climate impacts. To enable companies to optimize their supply chain by choosing environmentally beneficial suppliers, we have developed a digital model of the global chemical and plastics industry. Our model covers thousands of chemical producers, accounting for more than 80% of the industry’s worldwide climate impact. Combined with data science methods, this model offers unprecedented levels of transparency about environmental impacts in global chemical supply chains and shows who the most sustainable suppliers are. With this intelligence in hand, decision-makers can optimize their supply chains and achieve cost-efficient climate impact reductions.

Effective Consumption Control and Why It’s Important (Angus Doherty and Victoria Mawson)
This talk will be looking at how to automate energy consumption analysis, and how to spot anomalous metrics. We will have a look at a method for monitoring whether consumption patterns are in control and why it’s important for the planet and your energy budget.

Complex Carbon data made compelling (James Hand)
Giki helps people understand, track and reduce their carbon footprints. In order to do this Giki uses over 10,000 variables to provide a carbon footprint estimate covering the main sources of personal CO2e emissions which come from homes, transport, food, goods and services. Although individual emissions calculations are simple carbon calculators nonetheless create challenging data problems to do with overall model complexity, footprint interactions and data presentation. James Hand will talk about how Giki has tried to overcome some of these challenges in pursuit of a model which helps people cut carbon to 2.5 tonnes per person by 2030.