Carbon (CO2e) Reduction
The project must lead to a measurable reduction in local carbon emissions through the activities it delivers.
The project must lead to a measurable reduction in local carbon emissions through the activities it delivers, by changing the behaviours of people in your community.
To ensure your project will result in measurable carbon savings, you’ll need to consider the impact of your project activities and the behaviour changes you will bring about during your project.
Things to think about
If your application progresses to Stage Two, you will receive a tool which will allow you to enter information about these activities, and then it will calculate an estimated savings figure for the project. There will also be an opportunity to show how you have thought about the impact of your project activities, and the behaviour changes you will bring about during your project. For projects with an element of improvements/updates to infrastructure, it is important to show how this activity will support wider behaviour change in the community.
During the project you will need to collect primary data from members of your community to measure the difference your project has made on their behaviours, and local emissions
You should also detail any potential impacts on the environment (carbon emissions in particular) as a result of delivering the project, and the mitigating actions your organisation will take to minimise these. For example, the emissions created from travelling around your community to deliver activities.
Two tools have been developed by the CCF to help both estimate and monitor the impact of your project at different stages of the process.
The Carbon Estimator is used during the application process to estimate what savings you might be able to achieve based on some initial information about what activities you are running, with how many people and how regularly.
The Carbon Reporter tool is for monitoring progress against these targets during the delivery of your project. You will need to collect primary data from your community members (meter readings before and after advice, number of car miles driven before and after, etc), which then feed into this tool and measure the impact that your activities is having on your community’s carbon emissions.
More detailed information about how projects are asked to monitor progress against carbon emissions reductions can be found with our ‘Run Your Project’ pages on our website. In particular the Data collection for Carbon Reporting page goes into more detail about the data needed for the Carbon Reporter tool. There is also a video from the 2018 CCF Annual Gathering event that gives more background about the tools.