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Building a Data Collaborative for Tracking Aggregate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Greater Montreal

Key project details

Principal investigator Damon Matthews, professor, Geography, Planning and Environment, and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability

Co-principal investigators

Jennifer Garard, affiliate assistant professor, Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University; Tracey P. Lauriault, associate professor, Critical Media and Big data, Carleton University

Research collaborators

Jean-Noé Landry, Data Studio, Concordia University; Merlin Chatwin, executive director, Open North; Annie Levasseur, executive director, Sustainability in the Digital Age; Micheline Ayoub, executive director, Sustainability in the Digital Age; Allison Reynaud, director general, Montreal Climate Partnership
Non-academic partners City of Montreal (Bureau de la transition socio-écologique et de la résilience), KPMG, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Hydro-Québec, Transition en commun, Coop Carbone, erritoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire, Microsoft
Research Keywords Data governance & stewardship, digital environmental sustainability, emissions tracking, community empowerment, capacity building, collaborative governance, digital public infrastructure
Budget Cash: $274,000 In-Kind: $34,000

Research focus

A detailed 3D model visualization of an urban area with various layers indicating different aspects of the built environment. The image shows a software interface with main layers and services listed on the left side, including options for 'Built Environment', 'Transport', 'Energy', 'Waste' and 'Ecosystem'.

Landscape analysis

This goal focuses on conducting background research to understand the emissions data landscape in Montreal. It includes stakeholder mapping, analyzing gaps in emissions data, identifying potential new data collection and sharing methods and developing a survey for stakeholders to understand challenges in data collection, sharing, and usage needs related to an emissions dashboard.

A detailed 3D model visualization of an urban area with various layers indicating different aspects of the built environment. It features a services menu with options such as 'Building Info', 'Energy Demand' and 'Network Solution'.

Activating the data collaborative

The second goal aims to engage stakeholders identified in the landscape analysis to start developing the data collaborative. It involves recruiting inaugural members from various sectors, holding workshops to build trust and explore data needs, co-developing a data governance plan, focusing on capacity building and equity considerations, and identifying use cases for aggregated data to support decarbonization interventions.

Prototyping and pathways forward

The final goal is centered on creating prototype visualizations, interfaces and functionalities for the emissions dashboard, based on stakeholder needs and insights from previous work packages. This includes using newly shared data to assess progress on emissions targets, refining prototypes with stakeholder feedback and developing pathways to expand the data collaborative's reach, aligning with global reporting standards and developing a report on a replicable model for emissions data collaboratives at the municipal level.

Non-academic partners

Thank you to our non-academic partners for your support and trust.

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