An Australian-first pilot program will trial a new tool to aid councils with evidence-based decision making when it comes to emission reduction.
The Cities Power Partnership and Ironbark Sustainability have launched the trial of the Cities Activity Database (CAD), that has categorised data on the climate activities from over 80 cities worldwide, enabling users to find information such as emissions reduction potential, probability of success and cost that can be applied to councils potential projects.
Any new council that joins the Cities Power Partnership will gain access to the tool’s free expert insights to advise individualised high-impact emissions reduction projects and potential Cities Power Partnership program pledges.
All councils part of the Cities Power Partnership have six months to select five pledges to reduce emissions locally, which range from renewable energy and energy efficiency to transport and advocacy.
New Cities Power Partnership members participating in the pilot program will be provided with a tailored short report on actions that similar cities and towns are taking and how effective they have been. This will include insights into the costs of interventions, carbon abatement potential and probability of successful uptake.
Participating councils will provide feedback that will enable the Cities Power Partnership and Ironbark to further develop and scale similar tools for the benefit of councils throughout Australia.
Director of Cities Power Partnership, Dr Portia Odell, said, “Local governments are a critical part of Australia’s climate solution and we hope the data-driven information provided through our new partnership with Ironbark will further accelerate our members’ local emission reduction efforts.”
Councils who wish to participate in the CAD Pilot Program must join the Cities Power Partnership by 31st October 2021. Membership to CPP is free, and requires a letter from the Mayor. Click here for more about joining.