Data collection and carbon calculations

Climate Challenge Fund projects vary hugely in scope, approach and activities, but they all have one thing in common - they must deliver a measurable reduction in carbon emissions in their community.  

We provide training and support to help you to measure and report on the carbon emissions reductions of your Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) project.

Training opportunities

Our workshop 'Data Collection and Carbon Calculations' will give you the opportunity to think in depth about how you collect the information you need in order to calculate the carbon emissions reductions achieved by your project.

During the day we will:

  • Explore how your project reduces carbon emissions and discuss how you will know this is happening.
  • Discuss the barriers and opportunities to collecting primary data, and develop a plan to collect data for your project.
  • Explore the methodology you need to use to calculate carbon emissions reductions.

The workshops will take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in May. You can find out more and book online via our events page.


Data collection and carbon calculations

Our video and accompanying downloadable pdf guide to data collection and carbon calculations contains advice and guidance on collecting the right information to estimate the carbon impact of your project.

Project tools

Carbon Outcomes Monitoring Grid - this useful template will help you plan how you'll collect data to estimate the carbon impact of your project.

Our Carbon Calculations Pack includes example calculations by each theme of the CCF - energy, food, transport and waste.

Carbon calculations template is a blank template guiding you through the steps for carrying out carbon calculations

You can download all the most current conversion factors:

CCF recommended conversion factors - energy, transport, food

CCF recommended conversion factors - waste


Recommended third party resources

The benefits of product reuse tool is available from WRAP. You have to register to download this tool which calculates the environmental and economic benefits of reusing a range of items using different scenarios.

The carbon conversations carbon footprint calculator can be used to monitor changes in your carbon footrpint based on primary data collected over a period of time.