Insights that will drive change
The panel then discussed what they want from public data when it comes to increasing understanding and finding solutions to climate change and sustainability. In order to empower people to challenge the status quo, there is a real need for more data sources. For example, they wanted to have access to data sets such as temperature, hours of sunlight, use of electric vehicles, purchase of electric vehicles, switching to renewable energy tariffs, and so forth. Doing this would enable more investigation of what is changing behaviour and, of course, how we can encourage more change.
Another area of focus was on making sure all publicly-funded data is open and available. The panel felt that this would be key in empowering more people to do the analysis. Improving and supporting the processes of collecting and cleaning data will make it more discoverable and accessible. Ultimately, this will allow people to bring more climate change and sustainability data to life and take action.