The development of new oil, gas, and coal infrastructure must stop in order to meet internationally agreed-upon climate goals. Nevertheless, companies and countries are still expanding fossil fuel production activities, pushing extraction into areas that are culturally and biologically important, such as Indigenous land, protected ecosystems, and water basins.
SEI is working with the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development and Global Energy Monitor to create a new data-driven platform that allows users to visualize both where industry plans to build infrastructure, and how those plans could overlap with protected areas, Indigenous territories, Ramsar protected wetland sites, and other areas of ecological and cultural importance. A core aspect of this work is transparency: the platform brings together disparate publicly available data into an easy-to-use and accessible mapping tool. The final platform will be open-access, enabling non-expert users to select and visualize data from a broad database on emerging fossil fuel developments, and generate maps customized to the users’ interests.