AI finds a niche in climate policy

AN OPEN AI-powered tool is unlocking over 1,600 documents and 170,000 pages of global climate policy and research.

Climate Policy Radar’s Global Stocktake Explorer, funded by the ClimateWorks Foundation and Bezos Earth Fund, enables access and analysis of all documents with which governments evaluate progress towards the Paris Agreement.

The documents are fully searchable by the public via a portal designed by the not-for-profit Climate Policy Radar start-up. It maps and analyses the global climate policy landscape using machine learning and AI.

Developed by climate policy experts and data scientists, the Explorer combines AI and data science with domain knowledge to empower researchers and policymakers. The platform’s advanced search functionality means that research and analysis that would historically take days of manual work can now be completed in minutes. Users can search the complete texts of thousands of inputs to the stocktake, filter the findings by key terms, climate themes and sectors, and evaluate and compare findings.

Key climate themes such as mitigation, adaptation, means of implementation and crosscutting have been labelled in the text to aid analysis. This boosts search results for climate action levers and impacts, such as the use of policy instruments, mitigation and adaptation technologies, equity, human rights and the just transition, vulnerable groups, climate-related hazards, and financial flows.

Documents in all languages are automatically translated to break down language barriers for researchers and policymakers.

Climate Policy Radar founder Michal Nachmany said the project was revolutionising efforts to track and assess the world’s progress in implementing the Paris Agreement. “We’re particularly keen on breaking down silos across topics and languages, and rapidly expanding access to the lessons learned.”

Casey Cronin, lead of the Independent Global Stocktake at ClimateWorks Foundation, said the tool brings the core elements of the Stocktake to life and encourages engagement. “It connects the themes, opportunities, and challenges identified in the technical phase … to wider audiences, including those outside of the UN system,” Cronin said. “The next phase must now serve as a springboard to accelerate climate action.”