Idriss Kathrada: Data and benchmarking can reflect diversity of ambitions


Idriss Kathrada, founder of Inoal, has called for better use of data to align diverse Net Zero plans across diverse actors and geographies beyond. 

Speaking to a global audience, Idriss Kathrada said: “Presently, the climate goals are not enough and it is important to set up ambitions to align action plans with the long term and intermediate dates of 2030, 2040 and 2050.”

“Data is invaluable for this. It allows us to find where our diverse emissions are. That is important to then set a plan that can be built around continual improvement.”

This matters because of the very different ambitions across the world, something Idriss highlighted even among highly ambitious cities.

“There are companies, projects, states and cities with different approaches and if we look at the different statements of intent, we see some companies setting fast objectives. But aligning those to cities and states it is difficult. For example, Glasgow wants to achieve Net Zero in 2030, while Copenhagen is aiming for 2025, just three years away.”

To do this, he made clear there was little alternative but to use better and more dedicated information and data to help everyone work together and meet each other’s expectations.

“Everyone needs to compare and benchmark so that a company seeking to make an assessment of direct emissions and indirect emissions in electricity use, can benchmark against a sectoral map.”

“For example, a company producing cement is different to a company engaged in engineering activities that are more focused on designing and planning of a project. How can we compare the activities across those different sectors and how should we take that into account and assess the impact of each project and act accordingly?”

“This is important because we need to assess specialities such as working only in renewable energy or working through energy efficiency to get the right results.”

Idriss Kathrada was speaking at the launch of “Net Zero – What Next?”, the latest research paper in the FIDIC State of the World series. You can read the full report here.