World Resources Institute

We built a unique tool to help policy makers use data to negotiate the Paris Climate agreement.

The need

The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) mission is to influence global environmental policy by engaging directly with leaders. To support WRI’s climate change programs, they needed to make large data sets accessible, easy to understand and aligned with their evidence-based policy proposals. Because WRI engaged policy makers with different levels of understanding and sophistication, they needed a number of different tools that would be tailored to be most effective.

WRI had a significant role to play in the Paris Climate summit, and wanted to make sure data could be used effectively in the negotiations.

Our approach

We worked with WRI to conceive of and build the Climate Action Indicators Tool (CAIT), a suite of applications that would support climate change policy makers in number of different ways.

First, we worked with WRI to identify and gather the data sets that would be available in CAIT. We then worked with the various WRI program offices to understand the specific policy proscriptions and stakeholder engagement efforts already underway.  We then designed, tested and finalized the specific tools.

The final result

CAIT includes five tools designed to help policy makers understand the entire spectrum of GHG emissions, from historical trends, to current emissions, to projected emissions under different policy scenarios.

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Data We Used

Global Power Plant Emissions

Estimated green-house gas emissions for all power plants globally.