Global tech accelerator Subak launches ‘Google of climate data’

25 May, 22

Global tech accelerator Subak today launches the Data Catalogue – a curated online portal connecting shared climate datasets around the world to accelerate climate impact.

An extension of Subak’s core ethos of sharing data to accelerate climate impact, the Data Catalogue has been built to make climate data reliable and accessible for academics, analysts, policymakers and corporations working to identify climate risks and opportunities, and measure decarbonisation efforts. 

The platform curates and connects datasets across a range of sectors including electric cars, green energy, agriculture and deforestation and heat decarbonisation. 

While other databases already exist in specific sectors such as energy and policy, Subak’s catalogue is the most comprehensive and accurate growing collection of climate-related data. Datasets are regularly reviewed to assess data freshness, dead links are removed and displays show how the data has been used previously. 

The Data Catalogue currently comprises more than 2,300 shared datasets from the analysts, researchers and engineers in Subak’s Data Cooperative (a growing community of organisations and individuals who share data and tools to tackle climate change), as well as public datasets harvested from the likes of the UK’s National Grid. 

Jake Verma, Subak’s Data Cooperative Manager, said: “We want to build the Google of climate data, so that all organisations and individuals, large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, will be able to find the climate data they want quickly and efficiently. 

“Too often environmental data is lost or siloed in different organisations. Shared data is a vital piece of the puzzle in the fight against climate change. By increasing cross-sector data transparency, we can avoid expensive and unnecessary duplication of research and lower the barrier to entry for those addressing climate change.

“Our first focus is to develop a comprehensive index of power plant data, as this is one of the sectors that must urgently decarbonise to hit net zero targets. We are calling for researchers who can develop innovative power plant data projects for the Catalogue, so if you want to make a difference and develop insights in this important climate sector, we would strongly encourage you to apply.” 

Subak is the world’s first not-for-profit accelerator and data community that scales climate impact through data, policy and behaviour change. 

The organisation was founded in 2020 by Baroness Bryony Worthington, lead author of the UK’s Climate Change Act and is funding climate projects around the world. Subak’s growing global community includes many impressive individuals hailing from the likes of Google DeepMind, Microsoft, and the Alan Turing Institute.

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