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December 8, 2022

We Formed a Scientific Advisory Board. Here’s Why.

We Formed a Scientific Advisory Board. Here’s Why.

Climatiq has always held the strong conviction that our work needs to be based on science. In fact, our very first hire was a scientist with expertise in energy systems and LCA (life-cycle assessment). When corporate greenwashing and intentionally misleading claims are so common, scientists can provide the best source of truth and direction on how to tackle the climate crisis. 

Data is a key component in helping companies make carbon-intelligent decisions. We spend a lot of time thinking about how to best provide comprehensive and transparent data and make it applicable, so companies can move the needle on their carbon-reduction initiatives. We also know that the data we provide needs to be trustworthy and grounded in reliable science. 

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our recently-formed Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprising leading scientists from diverse backgrounds. The SAB will focus Climatiq’s data philosophy and practice, providing advice and guidance on emerging developments in carbon accounting and their potential implications. 

Climatiq’s Open Emission Factor Database (OEFDB) is the largest open dataset of its kind, already used by thousands of sustainability practitioners each month. The SAB will support the expansion of the OEFDB to establish it as the most comprehensive repository of environmental impact assessment data in the world. The board will also oversee the development of new open enterprise-grade calculation tools to embed carbon intelligence in complex global supply chains. 

With this development, Climatiq aims to deliver open tooling to enable creation and sharing of supplier emissions data at scale. This removes organisations’ dependence on expensive standalone carbon calculation tools which create yet more data silos, instead bringing emissions data into existing decision-making flows.

We’re proud to introduce the Scientific Advisory Board: 

Prof. Robert Armstrong has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973 and is now the director of the MIT Energy Initiative, an Institute-wide effort to transform the world’s energy systems. His research is focused on pathways to a low-carbon energy future. In 2020, he became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Mike Berners-Lee is a professor at the Lancaster University Institute for Social Futures. He is considered an expert on carbon footprints and is the author of the well-known books There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years and How Bad Are Bananas: The Carbon Footprint of Everything.

Dr. Jacquetta Lee, a former Associate Professor in Sustainable Systems Analysis at the University of Surrey, has a holistic approach to sustainability systems analysis, incorporating environmental and social aspects from both academic and industrial perspectives. She now runs S2A Associates, a small bespoke consultancy specialising in Sustainable Systems Assessment for business to assess their social, technical and managerial options for delivering a sustainable future. 

Prof. Shelie Miller is a professor and director of the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Her research centres around the environmental impacts of new technologies, using life-cycle assessment methods, as well as the human-technology interface and how technology enables changes in consumption. 

Dr. Marco Sakai is a lecturer at the Department of Environment and Geography, University of York. As an ecological economist, he focuses primarily on analysing the links between climate, resource consumption, the economy, and development. Most of his work employs large scale economic models, including environmentally-extended multi-regional input-output (EE MRIO) tables, widely used for spend-based carbon footprinting.

Prof. Wil van der Aalst is a professor at RWTH Aachen University, leading the Process and Data Science group. He is one of the most cited computer scientists in the world, according to Google Scholar, and widely credited as the inventor of process mining and the first to coin the term in academics and in business.

[Update June 5 2023: Richard Wood joins Climatiq's SAB]

Prof. Richard Wood is one of the lead developers of the most well-known MR EEIOT Multi-regional Environmentally Extended Input-Output Table- EXIOBASE. He is an adjunct professor at the Industrial Ecology Programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a senior consultant at the Institute for Regional Futures, University of Newcastle, Australia.