Microsoft is working with the Clinton Foundation to develop technology tools that will let cities monitor, compare and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The technology will include both software and services.
Microsoft will build the new software tools using the knowledge base that ICLEI has acquired in developing its Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool.
The new online, Web-based software tools will be provided pro bono to cities and will be available by the end of the year. The software tools will support cities to collaborate in new ways via the Web and online communities, letting them work together to monitor their progress and share best practices. They will be compatible with existing emissions reduction tools for cities, allowing the export and import of data from other systems.
It’s not clear how or if the software will be involved in the $1 billion funding announcement made by Clinton’s foundation yesterday.