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Tesla, Boeing sign on to Al Gore-backed emissions database

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A global coalition co-founded by Al Gore, the former US vice president, has released a granular database tracking global greenhouse gas emissions, down to the individual polluter. And some of the world’s biggest companies are planning to use this data to decarbonize their supply chains.

Climate TRACE uses machine learning, satellites and other technology to detect and track greenhouse gas emissions. That information is then bundled up into a public inventory, the latest of which was announced this weekend by Gore at the COP28 climate talks in Dubai. The database covers more than 350 million sources of greenhouse gas pollution such as individual power plants, steel mills and mining operations. That level of specificity allows companies to build a low-emissions supply chain rather than relying on suppliers’ self-reported emissions data, said Gavin McCormick, co-founding member of the coalition.

“We are here at this COP in particular because this is the year of the Global Stocktake,” Gore said, referring to the process to gauge countries’ progress toward meeting the Paris Agreement goals. “Climate TRACE is really the only independent comprehensive source of accurate data on which a stocktake can be made.”

Not ‘the climate police’

Companies that have newly signed on to use Climate TRACE’s data to gather more information on steel and aluminum supplier emissions include Tesla, Boeing and General Motors. Some companies using the inventory have already told McCormick they’re finding cleaner manufacturing facilities that offer similar prices to their current suppliers and have the capacity to handle new customers, though he didn’t name them specifically.

Working with companies on steel and aluminum supplier emissions is just an initial “proof of concept,” McCormick said. The coalition — which includes data scientists, AI researchers and nongovernmental organizations — plans to expand its partnerships next year to include…

Michelle Ma, Bloomberg

2023-12-03 10:36:10

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