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We want to make it easy for anyone to calculate the carbon footprint of anything and help to automate reporting for sustainability. We have a prototype of this here (screenshots below) which includes 1,000’s of different things from planes to chickens, steel to water.

The architecture is already built and running*, the systems are all there, and the data is populated — but it’s now out of date and needs a good refresh. The solution has a web interface (for humans) and an API (for machines) to use or integrate with.

What next?

We are seeking collaborations and funding to:

  • Update the baseline Open Data and Open Models
    Employ environmental data scientists to update the underlying Open Data and open methods so they are current.
  • Forge relationships with the originators of Open Data and Open Models (e.g. GHG Protocol, TCFD)
    We want to make it easy for the scientists and engineers doing the modelling to use the system to easily publish and maintain their work in a way that is immediately usable by anyone. Our collective action work is best addressed if we can collaborate to ‘crowdsource’ what everyone needs.
  • Open up access to proprietary models
    We wan to enage with commercial data modellers to open us access to their propritary (non-Open) models to a bigger market (for which they can charge). Make it easy for people to find, access and use data and models, making a better ‘shop window’ for the whole market.
  • Maintaining and evolve the underlying development
    We need to hire developers (code and UX) to help keep improving the systems and their usability.
  • Keep the whole thing (the bits that that we provide) openly licensed and open to everyone to use
    We are exploring a blend of philanthropic and commercial membership models to fund the service. We’re a non-profit. As an illustration, we would envisage a tiered membership model such as Startups (£50/m), SME (£200/m), Enterprise (£2k/m) and free to individuals, universities and non-profits.

We estimate that the aggregate costs of what we’d like to achieve in the solution will cost ~£500k per annum.
If you are interested in helping to develop or fund this work, please contact

Examples of the standards covered

Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a widely used sustainability reporting framework which sets out the principles and indicators that organisations can use …

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the UK Government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

EPA GHG Mandatory Ruling
The US Environmental Protection Agency is a US government agency assigned with protecting the natural environment and safeguarding human health. The EPA publishes data in a wide va…

Carbon Reduction Commitment
The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme (formally known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) is the UK’s mandatory climate change and energy-saving scheme.

US E grid
The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID), published by the US Environmental Protection Agency, is the preeminent source of emissions data.

Embodied Inventory of carbon and energyICE
The Inventory for Carbon and Energy, or ICE, is a life cycle database representing a wide range of building and construction materials.

European Environment Agency
The EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook (formerly referred to as the EMEP CORINAIR emission inventory guidebook) provides guidance on estimating emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is one of the leading bodies for climate change assessment.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) is a widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Leaders
Climate Leaders is a joint EPA-industry programme for reducing corporate impact on the environment.

Standard Assessment Procedure
The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) was developed by the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

* This work is based on an open-source project developed by our founder 15 years ago.