The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool has been developed by Local Partnerships, working with the LGA, to provide a straightforward and consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline.
While currently local authority reporting on emissions is voluntary, consistent and easy calculation of an annual carbon baseline is an important part of managing the carbon in our organisations.
The tool produces summary tables and charts to help councils understand their most significant sources of emissions, which can then be used to prioritise actions to reduce carbon emissions.
Councils are also able to benchmark their emissions with other councils to understand how their performance compares with their peers. To participate in the benchmarking please submit your completed baseline by email to [email protected] by 31 October 2020.
The tool has been reviewed by the Carbon Disclosure Project for compliance, and can be used to disclose council emissions data to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System in the Local Government Emissions section.
The tool is free to use for all councils in England.
If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact [email protected].
We have received a huge quantity of feedback and queries on the tool and appreciate the positive response, thank you. As we work on the next version of the tool, further queries and feedback received will be collated and will contribute to the updated version of the tool, anticipated for April 2021. If you have a query about the current tool please refer to the FAQ.