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Geospatial sustainability trends

Discover the latest sustainability trends we've identified that use geospatial data to tackle climate change at local, national, and global levels.

We're in a climate emergency. Our growing population is increasing pressure on our environment. Our planet is heating up and the climate is changing. What role can geospatial play in helping us act now? 

Digital technologies can help reduce global carbon emissions by up to 15% – one-third of the 50% reduction required by 2030 – through solutions in energy, manufacturing, agriculture and land use, buildings, services, transportation, and traffic management. These transformative technologies, combined with the use of geospatial data, provide vital insight and can help protect the future of our planet.

Our top 7 sustainability trends in location data

Mapping wind and solar farms

Geospatial data can be used to identify the perfect location for wind farms and solar farms, helping to create renewable energy infrastructure.

Using green spaces as heat sources

Green spaces are the perfect location for installing underground heat pumps to help produce clean, sustainable energy.

Mapping electric vehicle charging points

Geospatial data can help identify sites for electric vehicle charging points, in the effort to improve air quality and reduce emissions.

Mapping weather events

Geospatial data is being used to monitor weather events and can map the heat profile of a city.

Preserving carbon sinks

Space-enabled technological advances, together with geospatial data, are being used to monitor changes across peatlands.

Building sustainable cities

Geospatial data helps plan sustainable housing, water and sanitation for cities facing rapid urbanisation.

Monitoring vegetation health

Using earth observation satellite technology and location data together, is vital in helping us monitor climate change.

Mapping the future

In less than 100 years we'll be exploiting resources from space – the mapping has already begun. The key is sustainability. If we find the resources needed for cleaner energy production from elsewhere in the solar system, then we’d go a long way to solving our energy consumption needs while keeping the earth pollution free.

Wherever humans go, whatever we do, it needs to be done in a sustainable way. Geospatial data can help plan for the future of our planet, mitigate the risks climate change brings, support prosperity on earth and look beyond into space.