Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Conversion Factors, Regulation and Guidance

Date of the presentations

March 2014

Author of the presentations

Carbon Smart and Wigan Council. Event organised by CLASP.

Purpose of the event

On Wednesday 12th March 2014, local authorities met together with Carbon Smart in Manchester to hear updates on the conversion factors and tools used for Greenhouse Gas Reporting. In 2013 Defra appointed Carbon Smart to lead a review of the UK’s conversion factors for greenhouse gas reporting.  The goal of the review was to improve the usability of the factors through simplification and the development of an online tool to better navigate them.

In this session, consultants from Carbon Smart presented best practice on data collection and reporting along with changes to the conversion factors. James Noakes, Sustainability Manager from Wigan Council, then presented a thought provoking account of Wigan Council’s approach to reporting.

What SWM liked

These presentations offer those authorities that are asked or required to report on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with a useful overview of the changes made to the carbon conversion factors.  We like the fact that it is kept simple, and because this resource is in the format of presentations rather than a report, users can follow them as a step by step guide.

Links and contact information

The presentation by Carbon Smart can be downloaded here and the presentation from Wigan Council is available here.  More information from the event can be found on the CLASP website.