‘Getting the data right’ is one of a total of five initiatives in the project package ‘Decarbonizing Denmark: 70by30’, which is funded by the KR Foundation. The project works purposefully to realise Denmark's ambitious climate goal and cement the country's leading position in the climate area internationally.
‘Getting the data right’ will run over a four-year period, and is anchored in the Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment under the Department of Planning at Aalborg University.
‘Getting the data right’ has received DKK 39 million from the KR Foundation, of which DKK 21.9 million has been allocated to Aalborg University.
The project will be hosted by DCEA – The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment – within the Department of Planning, Aalborg University. The project will be led by the researchers at DCEA that have been leading the development of the existing EXIOBASE 3 hybrid, the only input‐output model of the global economy that applies demand‐based causal modelling and balances both physical and monetary flows, thus providing logical consistency to the core data needed for economic models and carbon footprint generators.
DCEA is an interdisciplinary research group of 20+ researchers with extensive experience in life cycle assessment, quantitative sustainable development modelling, digitalization, big data, social planning procedures, and stakeholder engagement. The centre has a strong global network with key researchers and officers within input‐output and LCA modelling, as well as within statistical agencies and UN Environment.
Project lead is performed by Associate Professor Jannick Schmidt supported by Professor Bo Weidema. Both researchers are high on global rankings and they have both published >50 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. Bo Weidema has played a pioneering role in the development of Life Cycle Assessment databases. In 2003, he published the first Danish input‐output database and for six years he was the chief scientist and executive manager of the ecoinvent LCI database, responsible for the development of its current version 3. Jannick Schmidt has had a key role in the development of time series of hybrid input output databasesthat are fully balanced in both physical and economic units. The first of its kind was published in 2010. Since then, Jannick has implemented the concepts in the EXIOBASE database.