Snapshot Climate Tool for South Australian Councils

Since November 2019, hundreds of councils and communities around Australia have been using Snapshot, the first national tool providing municipal-wide greenhouse gas profiles to councils and communities throughout Australia. All 68 South Australian (SA) councils will be able to join them thanks to 18 leading SA councils who have been working through the Regional Climate Partnerships with Ironbark Sustainability and Beyond Zero Emissions to further develop the tool.

On the 15th July 2020 SA councils were invited to hear about Snapshot, the comunity climate tool – how to access the tool; the data underpinning Snapshot; how councils in other states have been using it to target climate action; and to answer any questions councils might have.

The Briefest Snapshot Background

Snapshot reports profile the major sources of carbon emissions for the entire municipality, including stationary energy, transport, waste, agriculture, and land-use change. Snapshot is underpinned by a common international framework, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC Protocol) to allow for comparison between municipalities. With input from Australia’s leading experts and based on decades of experience working with hundreds of councils and community groups throughout Australia, the Snapshot data, methodology, and calculations have been independently verified and endorsed by ICLEI Oceania, Sustainability Victoria, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and Renew (formerly ATA).

Our underlying approach has been that developing profiles for councils should not be costly or arduous. The process should be transparent and easy for councils to undertake, compliant with international protocols and practices, and not result in the duplication of effort or resources.

Snapshot was supported generously by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and Sustainability Victoria through initial funding to develop the tool. This funding included room for input and third-party review and endorsement from a team of experts.

What You Have to Do

Very little. In South Australia, Snapshot has essentially been “crowd-funded” through the Regional Climate Partnerships by 18 leading councils who all contributed to support Snapshot development, maintenance and the release for communities and councils throughout the state. These councils are Adelaide Hills, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Gawler, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham Murray Bridge, Norwood Payneham St Peters, Onkaparinga, Port Adelaide Enfield, Port Lincoln, Prospect, Southern Mallee, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, Victor Harbor and West Torrens.

The Sapshot team are looking after the data analysis and uploading of the profiles.

View the Snapshot Climate Tool for South Australian Councils Webinar below!

Once you've done so, download the presentation pack and give us some feedback here.