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Carbon management plans

A carbon management plan is an essential for public sector organisations, in order to formulate a measurable and achievable strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in line with Scottish Government commitments

The Scottish Government has signed up to an ambitious raft of emissions reductions: 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, and 42 per cent by 2020. As a public body, it is your duty to comply, and we have the tools you need to do just that.

Establish a Baseline

All carbon management plans begin with a baseline.  The Carbon Footprint and Project Register Tool has been updated to be better aligned with the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD) report. If you require technical support or have any questions about how to complete the tool or report please contact the SSN reporting team at ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or 01786 468784.

Our carbon footprint and project register (CFPR)  will enable you to calculate your baseline according to your 2015/16 data, and includes emission factors pertinent to that period, such as the percentage of kWh generated by renewables.

Don't know what we're talking about? Don't worry! Download our how to populate the 2015/16 tool, our user-friendly, step-by-step guide, and all will become clear. It comes in two versions, one to allow you to update from your 2014/15 report, and one for first-timers.

Set Targets

It is crucial that your targets are realistic and practical, not only to drive real change, but also to demonstrate your commitment and ability to put it into practice. Figures plucked from the air won't fool anyone and will leave you muddling along for years to come.

Our range of four guides cover all the bases:

  • Setting targets – considers factors such as time-scale, boundaries, and forecasts of savings as opposed to business as usual
  • Reporting – will help shape your carbon management plans so as to comply with your public bodies climate change duties reporting obligations, including guidance on scope, data availability and sense checking
  • Organisational boundaries – ensures you identify the line between you and third-party organisations, and how to quantify this in your reporting
  • Governance and accountability – a carbon management plan needs commitment from across your organisation, and to be seen to dovetail with your organisation's other drivers, such as cost-effectiveness and engagement with the wider community. Our guide talks you through it

Finally, we have both long and short versions of a carbon management plan template, to give your plan structure and keep you on track, and a diagnosis tool, which functions as a spreadsheet checklist.

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