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What information do we need from community carbon accounting? | Kate Airlie


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What information do we need from community carbon accounting? | Kate Airlie

  1. 1. _____________________________________________ WHAT INFORMATION DO WE NEED FROM COMMUNITY CARBON ACCOUNTING? Kate Airlie, Climate Challenge Fund February 2013
  2. 2. Climate Challenge FundLaunched June 2008 – “support communities to take action onclimate change”To date - awarded £44M to 399 groups to deliver 540 projectsLargest grant - £750,000 to Bike Station in EdinburghSmallest - £390 to Invergordon Golf ClubCCF phase 1 – June ‘08 to March ‘11 – carbon counting left to projects Caused a few problemsCCF phase 2 – April ‘11 to March ‘12 – one year programme – still noset methodology for carbon counting.CCF Review published in June 2011 Caused a few more problems
  3. 3. Findings from CCF Review
  4. 4. CCF Review recommendations• A consistent methodology – measuring the project scenario emissions against baseline emissions and• Include the lifetime savings for the project activities – both hard measures and behaviour changes.We included• A list of recommended indicators• Signposts to the recommended conversion factors• Re-wrote the Application Guidance with worked examples for using the new methodology• Redrafted the Low Carbon Route Maps, implementing the recommendations, with more worked examples.
  5. 5. Embedding CO2e intoMonitoring & Evaluation• CO2e is still our USP, and a key outcome for all CCF projects• About measuring the difference they have made, the changes that their activities have brought about.• Reporting to their community, member, volunteers on their successes, not just their funders.• Finding out what is working – M&E should be about learning.• Work with Evaluation Support Scotland – joint training and support.
  6. 6. CCF phase 2 Estimated reductions at application stage – 42.18K CO2eCO2e emissions reduced during project lifetime Food 2,350.83 t Lifetime impact of emission reductions Transport 4,039.14t 23,500t Energy Efficiency 5,524t 1,841.33t Behaviour Change Installed measures 17,720t 3,544.15t 100,766t Total - 11.76K t CO2e Total – 147.5K t CO2e
  7. 7. Why count these small amounts?Still the USP of the CCF – and we report on the cumulativeeffect on emissions.From the RPP2 – CCF is identified as “a supporting andenabling measure, a measure which may not directly leadto a significant reduction in emissions, but which worksmainly towards removing barriers or maximising thesuccess of other policies.”Barriers include current levels of publicawareness, understanding and carbon literacy – the CCFprocess can address these.
  8. 8. PROCESSWhen the board, volunteers and staff get involved in theprocess of estimating and measuring theiremissions, things happen:-• Increase awareness of the issue.• See where they can make a real difference, and where they can’t.• Starting to take a broader view – netting out, spill over.More interested in the process taking place and thelearning happening than in the absolute accuracy ofthe numbers.
  9. 9. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE NEED FROMCOMMUNITY CARBON ACCOUNTING?From CCF point of view• Please don’t professionalise community carbon counting.• How do we assess improvements in carbon literacy?• Give us better Scottish conversion factors!• Help us shout about what communities are doing – not a ‘supporting and enabling measure’ if we don’t mention it.• Be realistic about what communities can and will do – bottom up has to meet top down. Thank you. Questions?
  10. 10. METHODOLOGYBaseline (indicator measured at start of project x targetgroup x conversion factor)–Project Scenario (indicator measured at a later point xtarget group x conversion factor) xlifetime for measure/activity.=Project emission reduction