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The Initiative for Carbon Accounting (ICARB) is a group of academics, policy makers and professionals working to create a set of transparent, consistent and accurate rules for carbon accounting.

We exist to advance the field of carbon accounting to facilitate the reductions in carbon emissions necessary for a sustainable society.

Our Aims

  1. Provide a robust and transparent process that will develop, verify, validate, assist and promote recognised carbon accounting ‘rules’ and guidance across sectors.
  2. Provide services that facilitate consensus building and knowledge exchange between academics, policy and decision makers, professionals and community groups.
  3. Disseminate and promote guidance on best practice and provide a direct route to advice and support for policy and decision makers in Scotland and around the world.

We work across sectors and scales, in collaboration with other carbon accounting organisations, and seek to become recognised as the trusted organisation for carbon accounting in Scotland.

Our supporters

ICARB’s core work is supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Heriot-Watt University, the Crighton Carbon Centre and Glasgow Caledonian University. We are funded by the Scottish Government.

How did ICARB come about?

In 2005 a group of us involved in the ‘Solar Cities’ movement’ (www.isci.org) in Oxford started looking for robust and compatible accounting systems for carbon at the city level and beyond.  What we found was a confused patchwork of accounting systems that were not compatible horizontally across sectors, or vertically through the ‘scopes’ of the accounting processes. Thus for our building level counting on biomass we had not data from the forestry accounting groups that we could use in our building and city level accounts. We could not compare the carbon impacts of energy from the Nuclear Industry to that say of Wind or Solar Energy because they all used very different methods, assumptions, boundaries and data bases. There were top down systems accounting systems used by governments and corporations and bottom up systems used for buildings and cities and it was impossible for the ordinary student or consultant to relate the outputs of one to the other.

The ICARB Dream was to create a system whereby the emissions from a region or country could be divided into realistic sources of which ownership could be apportioned and to which proven reductions could be attributed.  We had to have a Hymn Sheet that everyone could understand, and before we got that we needed to create the Common Language – the Lingua Franca – the Vernacular of Carbon Accounting, and for that we needed Rules and Resources that were beyond the reach of any one individual or organisation.  The Ultimate aim of this Initiative is Concensus, and a universally agreed Language and Hymn Sheet for Carbon Accounting, for all stakeholders, not just the few.

The Westminster Carbon Accounting Group was established under the joint Chairmanship of Colin Challen, MP and Prof. Susan Roaf, with a loose affiliation to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change (APPGCC) of the House of Commons, Westminster. Between October 2005 and January 2008 some 12 meetings were held of this UK Carbon Accounting Group, a cross-disciplinary group of stakeholders in the carbon accounting process.

The Westminster Group organised and hosted the 1st UK Conference on Carbon Accounting at the Institution of Civil Engineers at 1 George Street, Westminster, on 24 January 2008, with a following reception in the House of Commons. This event was sponsored by the APPGCC, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) and The Open University and was extremely well attended by over 120 delegates from a wide range of stakeholder groups.

The success of this meeting prompted the expansion of the scope of the group’s activities and its geographical reach. Subsequently the Scottish Carbon Accounting Group (SCAG) was formed, based for the time being at Heriot-Watt University and The Scottish Assembly at Holyrood under the joint chairmanship of Sarah Boyack MSP, and Prof. Susan Roaf, now at Heriot-Watt University.

With sponsorship from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) the 2nd Conference on Carbon Accounting was held on the 8th of April 2008 in the Scottish Parliament where over 70 delegates contributed to the lively discussions following 12 presented papers. The 3rd, now International, Carbon Accounting Conference was organised in conjunction with SCAG and sponsored by the Carbon Trust on the 11th march 2009 at Heriot-Watt and was attended by 65 delegates from the UK and abroad.

A core function of the group has been the organisations of  Workshops on indivudal sectors and issues and a library of the presentations and deliberations of each of these groups can be found on this websites. Working groups and Conferences have covered accounting for sectors as diverse as ICT, Energy, Buildings, Finance, Water, Forrestry and Cities.  New areas we want to explore include Transport and Tourism.

The Initiative for Carbon Accounting (ICARB), launched on the 24th February 2011.

The Initiative for Carbon Accounting (ICARB) is a group of academics, policy makers and professionals working to create a set of transparent, consistent and accurate rules for carbon accounting.

Since our work began on carbon accounting in 2005 we have organised 24 high level workshops and 5 conferences to foster the development and dissemination of best practice in carbon accounting between more than 500 people from over 100 different organisations. In November 2011 ICARB held the 4th International Conference on Carbon Accounting to scope out the wide range of stakeholders in carbon accounting across all sectors. The 5th International Conference on Carbon Accounting was held in March 2013 and focused on developing ‘Rules and Tools’ for carbon accounting in Scotland and the USA.

These events have been extremely useful in building a network of experts that will form the core of our planned Expert’s Directory. The growing compendium of presentations on carbon accounting for all sectors will be added to with a library of Case Studies and Accounting Methods and Tools, all aimed at helping to capacity build a generation in proper carbon accounting practices.

For more information on our activities in 2011 download the ICARB 2011 Report

More information

  1. Our Aims
  2. Our supporters
  3. How did ICARB come about?
  4. Steering Group
  5. Supporting Organisations
  6. Purpose of ICARB

Steering Group

ICARB is run by a steering group primarily made up of academics from universities across Scotland.

Professor Sue Roaf, Heriot-Watt Universty – Chair

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Sue is best known as a designer for her Oxford Ecohouse which was the first UK building with an integrated photovoltaic roof. She is an award winning designer, teacher and author and is Co-Chair of TIA, the international Teachers in Architecture organisation and Co-Chair of the Westminster Carbon Counting Group. She has also chaired a number of International Conferences including the 2nd International Conference on Solar Cities in 2006, the 1994, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Windsor Conferences on Thermal Comfort (with Fergus Nicol), and the 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2008 TIA conference on Architectural Education (with Marco Sala).
 
Visit Sue Roaf’s professional website
 

Dr Rachel Dunk, Crichton Carbon Centre

Dr Rachel Dunk is Academic Director at Crichton Carbon Centre and has been a part of the team since it was founded in 2007. Rachel has an extensive research background covering biogeochemical cycles and global environmental change. After completing her PhD, Rachel took up a fellowship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California where her research focused on the behaviour, fate and impact of carbon dioxide in the ocean with implications for ocean storage of carbon dioxide, potential leakage of carbon dioxide from sub-seafloor storage sites, and the high carbon dioxide low pH ocean.

Visit Rachel Dunk’s professional website
 

Dr Keith Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Keith Baker is Research Associate in Sustainable Urban Environments at Glasgow Caledonian University. Along with Prof Sue Roaf he co-founded ICARB (then the Scottish Carbon Accounting Group) in 2007, and is co-author of the book Carbon Management in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2012). He has a background in environmental science and science and technology policy, and his main research interests relate to energy and the built environment, with clients including the Scottish Government, ClimateXChange Scotland, and Historic Scotland. Keith also specialises in electronic waste and environmental impact of technology, on which he is a columnist for The Display Standard and a contributor to the Handbook of Visual Display Technology (Springer, 2012); and is a science communicator with organisations including STEMNET and the English Speaking Union. Keith lives in Edinburgh with his partner and their guinea pigs.

Visit Keith Baker’s professional website
 

Sam Chapman, Heriot-Watt University

Samuel is currently finishing his PhD at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh looking at carbon assessment of energy systems. His main focus is renewable energy devices. He has recently published a paper on harmonisation of historic life cycle assessments of wind power and is conducting a full life cycle assessment of Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm. Alongside, he has set up an environmental consultancy, En-Count. En-Count provides greenhouse gas emissions accounting as well as other environmental impact assessments for businesses and their products and services.
 

Professor Karen Turner, Heriot-Watt University

Karen Turner joined Heriot-Watt as Professor in Economics at the start of January. Previously she was at the University of Stirling and before that the University of Strathclyde, where she completed her PhD (under the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics) before joining the academic staff in 2004. Karen’s research focusses on analysing regional economic problems (with particular attention to labour market issues) and issues relating to energy-economy-environment interaction (for example, rebound effects of improved energy efficiency) mainly using input-output and computable general equilibrium modelling methods.

Between 2008 and 2010 Karen was one of six ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellows, where she focussed on issues relating to pollution embodied in trade flows. A core part of her current research programme is with the other Fellows on a new ESRC-funded project titled ‘The Climate Crunch’, which will focus on considering issues relating to rights and responsibilities in governance of climate change.
 

Dr. Angela Druckman, University of Surrey

Angela Druckman is Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Mitigation at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey. Angela’s current research takes a multidisciplinary, whole-systems approach, which encompasses issues on both the consumption and production sides of the economy. On the consumption side, her research focuses on exploring the linkages between lifestyles and carbon emissions in order to inform policies aimed at moving towards a low carbon society. This includes work on the rebound effect, in which the unexpected and unintended consequences of pro-environmental actions are investigated.

Visit Angela Druckman’s professional website
 

Ric Lander – Secretary

Ric is an environmental researcher and project worker based in Edinburgh. His work includes research on fossil-fuels and society, organisational development, public engagement on climate change and carbon management in universities.
 

Members

Membership is free and open to anyone who supports the aims of ICARB. Please contact ICARB if you are interested in becoming a member and join the ICARB Mailing list to stay informed of our activities.
 

Supporting Organisations

The Scottish Government – Sponsor

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The 2009 Scottish Climate Change Act placed Scotland leapt ahead of the rest of the world in setting stringent carbon reduction targets of a 42% cut in emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050.In March 2011 the Scottish Government published the report Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets 2010-2022 detailing how these targets will be met. To monitor these targets, all the actors involved including central government, local government and the public sector, businesses, individuals and communities alike need to use reliable and compatible accounting systems and for the Scottish Government the value of ICARB’s work is clear. The exploration of how we can credibly and usefully account for carbon emissions from complex sectors requiring the development of innovative trans-sectoral and scalable methods is essential for correct accounting. The Scottish Government has been supporting ICARB from 2007 since its inception in Scotland adding value and currency to our mutual efforts to develop such methods.

 

Heriot-Watt University

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The School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt is now one of the one of the four UK-wide Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. Researchers here are working on all aspects of mitigation and adaptation to climate change on subjects as diverse as flooding, building performance, thermal comfort, material sciences, planning, housing and life cycle analysis and carbon accounting. Our vision for the Sustainable Design Centre at Heriot Watt University is to use it to capacity build a generation of designers who can challenge the status quo to build more the robust, resilient and low carbon buildings we will need in a very different future. By supporting ICARB, HWU is working with colleagues across Scotland to help lead what we hope will be a Low Carbon Enlightenment for all.

 
 

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

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The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is a hub for knowledge, innovation and skills, connecting ‘low carbon leaders’ and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together to deliver a low carbon future.

 

Glasgow Caledonian University

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Glasgow Caledonian University’s work is underpinned by its strong social mission, producing internationally excellent research whilst concentrating on issues of major policy and practice relevance to individuals and communities in Scotland, the UK and globally. GCU’s support is based in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

 

Crichton Carbon Centre

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The Crichton Carbon Centre is a not for profit post graduate teaching and research organisation established in 2007 with a mission to assist Scotland and the wider UK in making the transition to a low carbon economy. The Centre is a knowledge exchange organisation in structure and purpose, operating at the interface between applied research into and practical delivery of sustainability and climate change solutions.

 

Purpose of ICARB

The Initiative for Carbon Accounting (ICARB) exists to advance the field of carbon accounting to facilitate the reductions in carbon emissions necessary for a sustainable society.

Aims

  1. To provide a robust and transparent process that will develop, verify, validate, assist and promote recognised carbon accounting ‘rules’ and guidance across sectors.
  2. To provide services that facilitate consensus building and knowledge exchange between academics, policy and decision makers, professionals and community groups.
  3. To disseminate and promote guidance on best practice and provide a direct route to advice and support for policy and decision makers in Scotland and around the world.

Approach

  1. We seek to become recognised as the trusted organisation for carbon accounting in Scotland.
  2. We work across sectors and scales.
  3. We work in collaboration with other carbon accounting organisations.