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Charles Henderson | How Fit For Purpose Are Community Accounting Systems?


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Presented at the 4th International Conference on Carbon Accounting
25th November 2011

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Charles Henderson | How Fit For Purpose Are Community Accounting Systems?

  1. 1. How fit for purpose are community accounting systems? Climate Futures
  2. 2. <ul><li>What’s driving community carbon disclosure? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s required of community footprints? </li></ul><ul><li>Case study: Callander community </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion and conclusions </li></ul>The next 15 minutes…
  3. 3. Contents What’s driving community footprinting?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Has made £37.7 million available to communities between 2008-2012 - supported 345 communities </li></ul><ul><li>£10.3 million available per year to end March 2015 </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily, carbon reduction; should lead to other community benefits and a sustainable legacy </li></ul><ul><li>Includes behaviour change, business interaction, community building refurbishment </li></ul><ul><li>No renewable feasibilities; no hardware eg PV panels; no home insulation </li></ul>The Climate Challenge Fund
  5. 5. What’s required of CCF community footprints?
  6. 6. <ul><li>‘ Routemap’ guidance and spreadsheet provided for activities in more detail than before, following Ecometrica review </li></ul><ul><li>Allows evaluation of carbon impact of proposed / funded activities </li></ul><ul><li>Some communities have chosen to footprint across all activities ie baseline then revisit </li></ul><ul><li>No software / approach specified </li></ul>
  7. 7. Case study: Callander
  8. 8. <ul><li>Tourist town – edge of the Lomond and Trossachs National Park </li></ul><ul><li>3500 people / 1419 households </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of age / size / type of homes </li></ul><ul><li>School + leisure centre, and seven other public buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses not addressed (not allowable under funding in 2010) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Contents <ul><li>Door to door interviews carried out by staff – 128 / 113 in sample </li></ul><ul><li>Responses fed into Reap Petite software (SEI) for calculating footprints </li></ul><ul><li>Data extrapolated and analysed via Excel </li></ul><ul><li>2010/11 household emissions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Contents 26,223 tCO 2 e 25,768 <ul><li>SEI carbon factors: ‘black box’, thought to be DEFRA/DECC for housing & travel </li></ul><ul><li>Public buildings: kWh and DEFRA factors </li></ul><ul><li>Extrapolation shows reduction of 455 tCO 2 e, 1.7%. Separate EST calc. shows 502 tCO 2 e redn. from energy efficiency measures </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>how can Callander reduce its carbon footprint in line with Scottish targets? </li></ul><ul><li>what does this mean on the ground eg houses insulated, allotments, behaviour change </li></ul><ul><li>what’s happening at a national level? </li></ul><ul><li>what can people do individually? </li></ul><ul><li>how can Callander benefit from reducing its footprint? </li></ul>Why a 15-year plan?
  12. 12. Contents
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  14. 14. Possible pathways
  15. 15. Index of reduction
  16. 16. Contents Moderate emissions by source
  17. 17. Contents Outlook
  18. 18. <ul><li>Tools are limited and non-transparent reflecting limited commercial opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Could communities be responsible for their own carbon budgets one day? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, reporting requirements will tighten </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, reporting is likely to be driven by progressive communities and funding needs </li></ul>Ecometrica CCF review: “Improved measurement methods for capturing the impact of behavioural interventions are needed so that priorities between different approaches can be assessed fairly, including longitudinal research”
  19. 19. Charles Henderson e: t: 07740 946955 footprints : reduction : carbon credits : communication : international development Contact