Google, in conjunction with Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, has expanded Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE), its digital tool aimed at helping cities to measure air pollution, to five additional cities in Europe including Dublin, plus four in the UK (Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry).

EIE uses “unique Google data sources and modelling capabilities to produce estimates of activity, emissions, and reductions, and makes them freely available,” according to the company. “By surfacing environmental information in a robust platform, we serve decision makers and solution providers, and foster new research into climate issues and solutions for cities globally.”

The tool itself has been enhanced further by equipping Google’s Street View cars with fast-response, laboratory-grade instruments to precisely measure pollution concentrations every few seconds, presented through EIE Labs, providing “hyperlocal, street-by-street, air quality data”.

The data gathered by EIE is intended to help cities build policies, guide solutions and measure progress. It was first launched in 2018 in five pilot cities, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Melbourne (Australia), Victoria (Canada), Mountain View (US) and Pittsburgh (US). Worldwide, EIE is now available in around 40 cities, the bulk in North America.