Several companies, including Tesla and General Motors, signed an agreement to use a database that tracks greenhouse gas emissions. The database, Climate TRACE, was created by Al Gore’s global climate coalition to track supply chain emissions, according to a report from Fortune. It will use satellites and machine learning to track ongoing greenhouse gas emissions from potential pollution sources globally.
The database will cover more than 350 million sources of greenhouse gas pollution sites, including mining, steel mills, and power plants. The goal is to give companies a comprehensive, independent look at emissions to build low-emissions supply chains.
Tesla, GM, Polestar, and non-auto companies like Boeing and Muir AI agreed to use Climate TRACE data to learn more about steel and aluminum supplier emissions, and others will use it to find cleaner manufacturing sources to onboard new customers without substantially raising costs. Steel and aluminum supplier emissions are the coalition’s first “proof of concept,” but it will soon address supply chains for beef, rice, lumber, and cement products.
Climate TRACE includes uncertainty estimates and confidence levels for each of its assets. The ratings are expected to help users consider outlier events by assigning low confidence and high uncertainty ratings to industries and companies where irregular incidents comprise a high proportion of emissions.