Community Groups Workshop Sept 14

View the minutes and presentations from the workshop.

Date and time

September 14th
4pm – 6pm


University of Edinburgh, Room G.42, Paterson’s Land, Old Moray House, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ. View Map


Organised by Osbert Lancaster, Changemaking


David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund, will outline the CCF’s forthcoming new carbon accounting guidance
Matthew Brander, Ecometrica, will present insights for community carbon accounting from their review of CCF projects
Alan Brown, Transition Linlithgow, will suggest practical steps needed to increase the accuracy and impact of community carbon accounting
Photo by S Mannion


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 is raise and start to explore some of the challenges relating to carbon accounting and community groups, such as:
• striking the balance between usability, workload and accuracy
• access to datasets from utilities and government
• the different, and sometimes conflicting, uses of carbon accounting, in particular monitoring versus engagement
• linking reported carbon savings by communities to regional and national carbon accounts

The format will be two or three short (c10min) presentations, by way of setting the scene and raising provocative challenges – and indeed opportunities – followed by 1 1/2 hours of facilitated discussion.

Participants will include community activists and practitioners, support agencies, academics, consultants and policy makers.

While there have been a number of events and programmes addressing the role of community groups in climate action, this event is the first to focus on challenges of carbon accounting per se and to explore developments needed in this area.

Osbert Lancaster of Changemaking 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.