SCATTER Offers Cities a Solution for Climate Action

July 31, 2019 | News

SCATTER is free for local authorities and makes it easier to meet the complex challenge of understanding and reporting on area-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Anthesis has unveiled a new online version of the successful SCATTER greenhouse gas reporting tool,which is free to local authorities in the UK. The web-based tool helps local authorities to assess, report on and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that their area produces.

SCATTER, which stands for Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction, is a user-friendly interactive website that uses a wide range of national and local public data sets to provide quantified outputs, without local authorities needing to commit significant resources to collect data.

Anthesis has partnered with Nottingham City Council to develop the tool in a project funded through the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It has already been used by several UK cities to provide an evidence base to build their carbon reduction plans.

The tool makes it easier for local authorities to meet the complex challenge of understanding and reporting on area-wide greenhouse gas emissions. It helps to report data to global frameworks, set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and understand how to meet climate change objectives.

The launch of SCATTER online comes hot on the heels of the UK government declaring a climate emergency. Over a hundred local authorities across the UK have also made similar declarations and commitments. Local authorities can use SCATTER to build a detailed inventory of their area’s annual greenhouse gas emissions in order to identify their largest emissions sources. In addition, a new feature called “Pathways” will be available this Autumn, which will allow local authorities to explore different greenhouse gas reduction actions and enable the creation of reduction scenarios from which to develop their climate action plans.

Climate reporting NGO CDP is working alongside SCATTER partners to provide tailored support to local authorities in reporting greenhouse gas emissions. SCATTER was released in time to meet the deadline for reporting to CDP’s annual questionnaire, which is used by over 600 cities around the world. By disclosing to initiatives like CDP, local authorities can better understand the scale of their impact on carbon reduction, as well as ways they can support crucial initiatives such as the UK’s 2050 net-zero target and international Paris Agreement.

The SCATTER tool can also be used alongside the local authority carbon budget approach from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which calculates climate change commitments for local areas aligned with the objectives of the United Nations Paris Agreement.

SCATTER was originally created by Anthesis with support from the Tyndall Centre and piloted by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with funding from BEIS.

Brad Blundell, Anthesis director, said: “Working out what actions will have the greatest impact as cities and city-regions look to reduce carbon emissions is a complex task. Turning those actions into a workable plan supported by stakeholders is equally challenging. This is where SCATTER comes in, helping cities to measure emissions, model scenarios, set reduction targets and take action.”

Wayne Bexton, head of energy services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The development of SCATTER provides a great opportunity to support a range of local authorities in taking their first steps along the journey to becoming carbon neutral, a journey which Nottingham City Council are also on. We are pleased to be part of the next phase of the project, aiming to increase the usability and accessibility of this free-to-use resource.

“We hope that SCATTER, with its city/regional inventory, carbon budget, reporting outputs and emission reduction pathway scenarios, will help support ambitious carbon reduction objectives around the country, such as Nottingham’s own aim to be carbon neutral by 2028.”

Local authorities can access the carbon reporting tool here.

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