Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports Available for Every Council in Australia

Alexi Lynch and Matt Sullivan

For the last decade, councils around Australia have struggled to develop community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) profiles (or inventories) for their municipality. While developing corporate (or operational) inventories are straight-forward enough, trying to get data across the council area - especially for residential, commercial and industrial stationary energy; transport; and waste - has been the bane of many council officers and managers.

Until now.

81 Councils and Counting

Over the last 3 years, Ironbark have been working with Australian councils, ICLEI Oceania, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) and other data providers to develop internationally compliant community profiles for Australian councils.

As of February 2018, the number of councils working with Ironbark to develop community GHG profiles now sits at 81 from all around Australia.

As mentioned these profiles are compliant with the GPC, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories. The GPC was created by ICLEI Oceania, the World Resources Institute and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. It is the greenhouse gas reporting standard for councils and communities and outlines emissions accounting principles; how to define inventory boundaries; reporting requirements; calculation methods; and how to track performance and manage an inventory over time.

Having developed so many GPC-compliant profiles for Australian councils, we’ve identified and sourced relevant data for inventories that can now be applied to any Australian council to achieve compliance with the protocol. So the number of Australian councils that we can develop GHG community profiles for is 537. Or put another way, every single council in Australia. We now have a team of 5 staff at Ironbark working in this area. 

Based on this knowledge, experience and sector feedback, every GPC-compliant community profile that we develop is future-proofed, so it can be built on and updated over time as updated data or data sources become available.

5 Reasons Why Your Council Needs a Community GHG Profile

  1. It allows you to frame the scale, scope and focus of carbon emissions mitigation actions for your council and community.
  2. It allows you to understand who your peers are in other municipal groups - both in the make-up and scale of emissions.
  3. It is how you will determine the scale of change required into the future and can be used as a baseline
  4. It is required for certain local government climate change programs (for example, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy)
  5. It allows you to connect with best-practice and with other councils in your region, around and Australia - and understand how what their doing might apply to your council.

Getting your Council Started! Community Emissions Profile and Report Packages

Ironbark now have a ready-made program that any Council can access with three differing packages to understand your community greenhouse gas emissions. To jump on board click here and let us know which of the three packages you are interested in. Noting regional discounts can apply.

Package 1: Local Government Leadership: Community Emission Profiles, Science-Derived Targets and Contribute to Sector Development

Cost: $15,900
Click here to request detailed proposal for Local Government Leadership: Community Emissions Package Including Science-Derived Targets

  • Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile Report containing all of the information, references, activity data, assumptions, inputs, charts, emission factors and other relevant data (PDF format).
  • GPC-compliant Community Emissions Profile ready to be uploaded onto the Carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) reporting platform or inputted directly into cCR using relevant offline reporting tools (such as CIRIS, the City Inventory Reporting and Information System). Note this is required as one of the steps to meet Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy compliance (excel format).
  • An Activity Data spreadsheet with all the emissions activity data and sources (excel format).
  • Independent verification by ICLEI Oceania to provide Council with confidence of a review of an independent body who has heavily involved applying the GPC through ICLEI's role as a founding partner for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and lead local initiator of the program in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific. 
  • Registration to the Carbonn reporting platform by ICLEI Oceania, which provides additional reporting benefits and access to solutions from participating cities.
  • second follow-up GPC-compliant Community Emissions Profile and Activity Data in 12 months’ time (excel format).
  • Science-derived emissions reduction target based on the Paris Climate Agreement. Includes multiple scenarios based on carbon budget scaled to population size and accounting for other criteria including growth rate projections and SEIFA status.
  • Science-derived emissions reduction report to be incorporated into the Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile Report with background on calculation of target and communication to the sector
  • Invitation to join the Science Derived Targets for Local Government Working Group where leading local governments are determining how to ensure targets remain robust and equitable.

Package 2: Community Emission Profile and Follow-up Profile in 12 Months

Cost: $6,950
Click here to request detailed proposal for Community Emissions Package and Follow-up Profile

  • Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile Report containing all of the information, references, activity data, assumptions, inputs, charts, emission factors and other relevant data (PDF format).
  • GPC-compliant Community Emissions Profile ready to be uploaded onto the Carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) reporting platform or inputted directly into cCR using relevant offline reporting tools (such as CIRIS, the City Inventory Reporting and Information System). Note this is required as one of the steps to meet Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy compliance (excel format).
  • An Activity Data spreadsheet with all the emissions activity data and sources (excel format).
  • Independent verification by ICLEI Oceania to provide Council with confidence of a review of an independent body who has heavily involved applying the GPC through ICLEI's role as a founding partner for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and lead local initiator of the program in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific. 
  • Registration to the Carbonn reporting platform by ICLEI Oceania, which provides additional reporting benefits and access to solutions from participating cities.
  • second follow-up GPC-compliant Community Emissions Profile and Activity Data in 12 months’ time (excel format).
  • Customised if you want to add science-derived targets or council workshops.

Package 3. Free Community Emissions Profile Summary

Cost: Free
Click here to request free Community Emissions Profile Summary

  • Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Profile Summary Report containing a snapshot of high-level emissions for your municipality derived from various data sources. Methodology has been third-party verified as being compliant with GPC.

More Information

To get started just click here and let us know what it is you're interested in.

You can also download our jargon-buster here or view a recording of our webinar from late 2017, Councils and Climate Action 2017: CCR, COM, CDP, CCP, CPP... WTF? where we discussed emissions reduction targets for councils; emissions reduction targets for broader community; council climate programs 101; Science-Derived Targets for local government; NCOS and corporate emissions data; Community data and the GPC Protocol and more.

Or contact us if you want to further discuss how to help you and your community tackle climate change. After all developing profiles, setting targets and committing to climate programs is really just to advance the real game - enabling and engaging councils and communities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reduction projects.