New carbon footprinting tool for parish councils

22 June 2020

Over the next six months, and in partnership with Midlands Energy Hub, CSE will develop a tool that will enable parish councils and local communities to estimate baseline carbon emissions for their area. This will be calculated using information about energy use, travel behaviours and the consumption of goods and services modelled at household level and scaled up to better reflect individual communities.

If you're a parish councillor or clerk and wish to get involved with developing and testing the tool, please get in touch. Scroll to the foot of this story for details. 

The tool will enable the development of meaningful and locally appropriate carbon reduction strategies by parish councils that allow them to support their district and county councils with well-targeted activity that focuses on big-emissions sectors rather than spending time on well-meaning but low-impact activities. It will allow users to test out a number of scenarios designed to demonstrate the potential impact of different projects on their overall carbon footprint.

CSE's Annette Lamley said, "To tackle the climate emergency, we need the involvement of all levels of government, from the commanding heights of Westminster down to parish councils. The latter have a critical role to play being uniquely placed to inspire grassroots movements, set a leadership example and deliver practical local action.

And we know from the many requests for assistance that CSE receives from parish councillors that many  are determined to play their part. So we're hugely encouraged by that BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) has recognised the role of parish councils and is funding a project to develop a community-level footprinting tool." 

Help us build it ...

We are looking for a number of parish councillors to help us develop and the test the tool. This will involve attending one or two online workshops and then trialling the prototype tool and providing feedback on its format and content. Depending on the level of interest, we may also recruit additional participants just for the testing activity.

We're keen to create something that is easy to use for everyone, so no specific skills or experience are necessary for those wishing to be involved. If you're a parish councillor or clerk and would like to take part then please send an email to to register your interest.

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