Community Groups Workshop Presentations and Minutes

Summary

The workshop discussed carbon accounting for community groups. Communities across Scotland are taking action on climate change, and their role is recognised as important if we are to achieve the targets set out in the Climate Change Act. The aim of the event was to raise and start to explore some of the challenges relating to carbon accounting and community groups. While there have been a number of events and programmes addressing the role of community groups in climate action, this event was the first to focus on challenges of carbon accounting per se and to explore developments needed in this area. Osbert Lancaster, of Changemaking, led the workshop and is a consultant and facilitator for sustainability, a member of the Climate Challenge Fund Grants Panel, and lead author and editor of the Low Carbon Route Maps.

The format of the event was three short presentations by way of setting the scene and raising provocative challenges – and opportunities – followed by facilitated discussion.The workshop was well attended, with participants from academia, the private sector and government. Attendees discussed the intended role of carbon accounting for community groups. Community engagement and communication, regional data collection and the management of carbon accounting throughout a project’s lifetime were particularly noted as three areas to focus upon.

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Presentations from the Event