Section three - emissions targets and projects

Each major player has responsibility for setting their own estate boundary, baseline year and climate change targets. Monitoring, reviewing and reporting progress against objectives and targets also plays an essential role in managing overall business performance and will enable each major player to publically demonstrate robust environmental care and social justice. 

This section requires information on corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of the reporting body

 The Area Wide Emissions briefing notes and videos covering the main carbon assessment methodologies and datasets will be useful when completing section three.


The following resources are available to support the completion of section three of the report

This video was recorded during the 2016 Climate Change Reporting training.  The video content is very similar but not identical to the 2017 workshop, so please note – you may see some minor differences between the slides available on this page and the slides shown on the video. If you have any questions then please contact the SSN team.


Other Resources

The following resources will help with completing section three of the Climate Change Report:


  • Resource Efficient Scotland's Carbon Footprint and Project Register (CFPR) tool and other Carbon Management Plan support can be downloaded from their website. There are two versions of the Carbon Footprint and Project Register (CFPR) tool for the wider public sector: one aligned to the financial year, and one for academic organisations, aligned to the academic year. The tool can be used to establish a current / future carbon footprint, develop a project register and carry out target setting. Guidance notes on both populating the 2015-16 CFPR tool and transferring data to the new 2015/16 CFPR tool can also be found at the link above.


  • Resource Efficient Scotland's tool for measuring and monitoring raw materials and waste can be downloaded from their website. Measuring and monitoring the raw materials used by your organisation and the waste produced will show you the true cost of waste and help focus your efforts on areas where the biggest cost savings can be made. This waste tracking spreadsheet will help you to collate and analyse your measurement data. It contains a template that can be edited to suit your organisation, accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions. Additionally, don’t worry if you do not have accurate waste data, you can use waste conversion factors to convert the volume of waste (in litres) into tonnes of waste.


  • The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard provides standards and guidance for bodies preparing a GHG emissions inventory. It covers the accounting and reporting of the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol Greenhouse Gas Protocol


  • The guide Working 9 to 5 on Climate Change: An office Guide has been produced by the World Resources Institute and will be useful for those bodies who operate from a very small estate (i.e. office based) and are new to Climate Change reporting. The guide provides information on steps for monitoring and reducing carbon emissions from small offices.


  • DEFRA’s Environmental reporting guidelines has been designed to help bodies in complying with the greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting regulations and other voluntary reporting requirements. The guidance is largely transferable with the same principles that will be useful when completing your climate change report.