Data for Climate Action

Call to join “Data for Climate Action” – a global open innovation initiative for climate resilience

The United Nations is leading a coalition of partners to host an unprecedented open innovation challenge focused on climate resilience. Private sector leaders are encouraged to join the coalition of partners by committing to share data which can be used to develop innovative climate solutions. There are emerging possibilities to use big data to build and measure resilience, understand risks and reveal economic opportunities, from efficient energy consumption to early warning for coastal cities. Datasets from multiple countries and industries will be unlocked and shared with research teams around the world to develop projects focused on climate resilience. Private sector companies are invited to partner with Data for Climate Action in the fight against climate change by sharing anonymised, aggregated data for analysis and to prompt climate action.

Now is the time to use big data to fight climate change

World leaders will decide on a universal climate agreement at COP21, potentially the most decisive climate conference in 25 years. COP21 is critical as the impacts of climate change are accelerating, and time to develop solutions is limited. Meanwhile, a global “data revolution” offers unprecedented opportunities for the private sector to promote climate innovation and influence decision-making on a global level by opening their data for the public good. Analyzing anonymised, aggregated data from digital data sources such as mobile phones and bank transactions can provide valuable insights on human behavior and climate risk. Data for Climate Action will model a new approach to public-private data sharing (building on two similar open data challenges including Orange telecom's "D4D Challenge" and the ‘Big Data Climate Challenge’ hosted in support of the Climate Summit in 2014), revealing the shared value of opening data for climate resilience and sustainable development.

Join the coalition of data partners

To achieve truly global impact, we need partners to make available access to anonymized, aggregated datasets. Industries are invited to participate including telecom companies, energy providers, banks and credit companies, retail, news media agencies, agricultural producers, insurance, social media and digital services, waste management, transport, shipping and infrastructure companies. Data is encouraged from all countries and regions. We are seeking large datasets that are directly related to company operations, supply chain or consumer behavior, not sensitive core business data. For example: 3-6 months of aggregated mobile activity between antennas in province or region, anonymized retail data before and after a flood, aggregated transaction data from a bank from a time-period surrounding a hurricaine, electricity usage data from a city’s transit system during the months of a drought.

To become a partner for climate action, please contact