The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation has granted 18m DKK to the EcoSense project
In collaboration with leading environmental scientists the EcoSense project shall develop technologies to measure, analyze and reduce the environmental footprint.
The objective of EcoSense is to develop novel collective sensing, macroscopic analysis and visualization methods for streams of semantically annotated (e.g. with location) measurement data from which climate impacts can be inferred. EcoSense methods aggregate data from smartphones (with or without special apps) with data from sensors mounted in vehicles/vessels/buildings, and provide real time macroscopic analysis, visualization, and alerts for decision makers or evaluators. The visions to provide individuals and decision makers reliable eco-aware tools: 1) to measure whether energy reduction programs achieve their predicted effects; and 2) to identify potential new initiatives that may be launched to reduce climate impact. EcoSense tools are critical, since global warming concerns have led the EU to decide that developed countries by 2020 should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and enact energy efficiency guidelines. Our hypothesis is that greater awareness of climate impacts enabled by our methods empowers individuals, companies, institutions, and public spaces to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 5-10 %. This is supported by surveys showing that alone knowledge of impact makes people change their environmental behavior. Further reductions may be gained via changed government policies based on EcoSense analysis results. We apply the methods to a range of cases with end-user organizations, e.g. green city programs in Aarhus, Copenhagen and Sønderborg, company programs on CO2 footprinting, electrical vehicles, and shipping. EcoSense is a strategic research project and joint development effort between universities, industrial partners, and municipalities that helps assure research excellence, societal relevance, and innovation nationally and internationally via network and partners
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