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Thursday, June 21, 2007

More open data on carbon emissions

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a carbon footprint calculator that uses open-source software to generate open data on carbon emissions.  (Thanks to Glyn Moody.)  From the DEFRA press release:

The software that runs the calculator, complete with the Government data, will be made freely available under general public licence. This will enable others wanting to use the software to power their own calculators, using their own branding.

Defra is encouraging everyone to use the calculator, to become more aware of their carbon dioxide emissions, and to take action on ways to reduce it. We are also keen to receive feedback about how the calculator can be improved.

From another DEFRA page on the calculator:

The project provides transparency in methodology and data as a goal in its own right but also to assist the development of similar calculators. Detailed information about the methodology is available [here].

Comment.  Kudos to DEFRA.  For a similar project, see the Zerofootprint carbon calculator, which also generates open data and which forms the basis of the BusinessObjects challenge, Can Open Data Save the World?