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Dynamic interrogation capabilities of the Cities Activities Database -A knowledge sharing repository for city GHG emissions interventions

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THE CITIES ACTIVITIES DATABASE (CAD) is a repository of information about activities that cities are implementing to tackle carbon emissions.
CAD seeks to provide an improved way for cities to learn from each other through removing the need for city practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders to individually review strategies and other relevant documents.Analysis and insight are dramatically improved through: ✓ improving the sectorisation of emissions sources ✓ clearer delineation and categorisation of actions and interventions ✓ establishing relationships between emission sectors, actions, and interventions. Through its design, CAD provides powerful new opportunities for insight and expert collaboration.There are 5 main ways that CAD changes strategy design and assessment:
  1. Comparing a city’s strategy to its cohort
  2. Comparing a city’s strategy to its opportunity
  3. Identifying scale and impact
  4. Identifying weaknesses/issues with its strategy
  5. Collaborating with researchers
1 -CITY COMPARISIONS Through dynamic cohort creation, cities can look to their relevant peers for insight. ✓ Understanding where targeted sectors and actions match up ✓ Identifying overlooked sectors or approaches ✓ Identifying most cost-effective interventions ✓ Listing actions from most to least popular for any city2 –IDENTIFYING GAPS Through sector mapping against research by tertiary institutes and think tanks, cities can understand where gaps exist between planned interventions and latent opportunity within their communities.3 –SCALE OF IMPACT Because of improved categorisation and data associations, analytical insights such as cost effectiveness become more powerful and targeted. Understanding the relationships between scale, sector, action, and intervention allow for improved granularity4 –IS THE SCALE/FOCUS OF CITY AMBITION CORRECT? CAD enables connecting interventions to targets. ✓ Connecting actions and interventions to specific emissions sectors ✓ Relating emissions sectors to reduction targets highlights gaps ✓ Enabling the role of government as ‘steward’ for community reductions5 –INTEGRATING RESEARCH City practitioners have great difficulty translating into policy knowledge produced by the research community. CAD can greatly help to resolve four key issues that contribute to this: ✓ Timing ✓ Scale ✓ Operational Factors ✓ Accessibility