Defra and Infoterra work together on Google’s innovative UK Carbon Footprint Project

Defra and Infoterra work together on Google’s innovative UK Carbon Footprint Project

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21st January 2008 – Infoterra Ltd, provider of geospatial products and services, has supplied the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with core geospatial information, including climate change, carbon emission and waste recycling data, that features in Google’s innovative UK Carbon Footprint Project.

Infoterra already hosts all of Defra’s core geographic information and worked with the department to select the right datasets, process the raw data into a form that could be read by the Google Earth engine, and provide Google with the consultancy support needed to ensure a seamless transfer. Infoterra also sourced additional datasets from relevant third party information providers such as AEA Energy & Environment for carbon emission data, the Hadley Centre for climate change analysis, and UK local authorities for data on rates of waste recycling per head of population.

The UK Carbon Footprint Project allows individuals to calculate their own personal carbon footprint, choose carbon-reducing steps from a personalised action plan, and compare their own actions with those of others around the UK by placing themselves on the Google UK Carbon Footprint Map. To measure your own carbon footprint and find out what practical steps you can take to reduce it, visit www.google.co.uk/carbonfootprint.

“We are delighted to have helped Defra identify and deliver the different information sets needed to create the multiple layers for Google’s UK Carbon Footprint Map. This project clearly shows how the success of exciting new Web-based projects, such as the Carbon Footprint Map, still depends on the quality and accuracy of the core underlying geospatial data,” commented Dr. Andy Wells, Director of Sales for Infoterra Ltd. “Our ability to source the right data, identify new information sources when needed, and then deliver that data through a consumer-oriented interface, such as Google Earth, has helped to make the project a success for Defra.

“The combination of our geospatial data skills with Google’s ability to create spatial communities and encourage local participation has created an exciting new resource that will help people see how their individual actions can make a difference to climate change,” he continued.