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Everimpact provides the technology to measure greenhouse gas emissions and air quality in cities and regions. Their platform provides real-time data, allowing users to measure policy effectiveness and participate in emissions trading.

Everimpact utilises a combination of satellite data and ground sensors to measure greenhouse gas emissions in cities and regions in real-time. They have established partnerships with space agencies like the European Space Agency (ESA) and Group on Earth Observations (GEO), giving them access to high quality satellite data. They then partner with cities and regions to install mobile ground sensors, which allow them to measure and compare emissions and air quality in different areas of the city throughout the day.

Estimating the carbon emissions at a city or regional level can be notoriously difficult, making it challenging for cities to set realistic carbon emission reduction targets and assess progress towards those targets. With Everimpact’s data visualisation tools, cities can be better equipped to understand and improve both their air quality for citizens as well as the carbon emissions from the city. In particular, it allows cities to identify hotspots where citizens may be exposed to high air pollution levels and make changes to reduce health risks.

The company has recently teamed up with IoT specialists GSMA to produce a smart map of air quality across London, integrating the measurements from thousands of devices across the city with satellites, and context data such as traffic and weather. This is then analysed using machine learning to better predict and understand air quality. By providing an accurate baseline of air quality throughout the city, the companies hope to be able to measure more accurately the results of air quality improvement interventions the city undertakes, and help improve air quality across the city faster.

Why you should care

Our cities consume two-thirds of the world’s energy and are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet although cities contribute significantly to climate change, city governments are also an important agent of action because they have closer relationships with local businesses and populations, and are able to build relationships with other cities. Everimpact are further strengthening cities by providing them with the tools to evaluate their climate policies.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Good health and well-being
Air pollution is estimated to be responsible for seven million deaths every year. Everimpact’s monitoring and reporting solution can help cities lower the levels of exposure for their citizens to reduce this figure.

Sustainable cities and communities
Everimpact can reduce the climate impact of cities by providing them with accurate data for measuring and evaluating climate mitigation policies.

Climate action
Understanding which policies create the greatest impact on emissions reduction can help cities to accelerate towards their low-carbon future goals.