Supporting local authorities to measure greenhouse gas emissions and build carbon reduction plans.

A collaboration between Anthesis Group, Nottingham City Council, BEIS, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research at the University of Manchester.

What is SCATTER?

  • S Setting
  • C City
  • A Area
  • T Targets and
  • T Trajectories for
  • E Emissions
  • R Reduction

SCATTER is a local authority focussed emissions tool, built to help create low carbon local authorities. SCATTER provides local authorities and city regions with the opportunity to standardise their greenhouse gas reporting and align to international frameworks, including the setting of targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

  • SCATTER generates a compliant emissions inventory
  • SCATTER can be used to develop a credible decarbonisation pathway for a local authority to implement in line with their emissions targets.
  • Outputs can then be used for engagement to create a collaborative carbon reduction approach.

The IPCC 1.5°C report called for urgent climate action by 2030.

This has led to towns and cities across the UK declaring a climate emergency and setting ambitious carbon reduction commitments. The publication below summarises the recent Committee on Climate Change report that set out a response and recommendations to the IPCC report for the UK. The CCC have recommended a new 2050 target of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero. The SCATTER tool is a free resource for all UK Local Authorities to support crucial aspects of any carbon reduction plan.

An example of the outputs of the inventory and pathways tool


An exportable greenhouse gas emissions inventory for your local authority

This is aligned with the Common Reporting Framework from the Global Covenant of Mayors’


A range of visual, easy to understand emission scenarios up to 2050

These different scenarios are based on the adoption or application of a number of emission reducing inventories.

SCATTER phase 1

Originally a department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy funded project created between GMCA, the Anthesis Group and the Tyndall Centre. Launched at the Greater Manchester Green Summit in March 2018; the excel tool gained traction with policymakers across a number of UK regions. Anthesis are working with the Greater Manchester Climate Agency to translate their modelling outputs into policy and action to support them on the quest to become carbon neutral by 2038 - an ambitious target that requires collaboration between business, politicians and individuals.

Matt Rooney – Principal Consultant, Anthesis

SCATTER phase 2

BEIS has funded Nottingham City Council to take forward enhancements to SCATTER. SCATTER is now being enhanced in order to assist local authorities through an accessible, visually appealing and highly usable web-service. SCATTER offers:

  • The ability to report on authority wide emissions to carbon reporting frameworks and inform the setting of carbon reduction targets
  • The ability to understand potential carbon reduction pathways and interventions to reach carbon commitments, in-line with national and international objectives.
  • Visual outputs to engage stakeholders in the development of carbon reduction plans.

A beta version of the updated online inventory and reporting is intended to be available free of charge to all Local Authorities in time for the CDP reporting deadline in July. The online pathways and final release of SCATTER Phase 2 will be launched in Autumn 2019.

If you would like to use the online version of SCATTER and/or find out more about how SCATTER can support your area's reporting and carbon reduction ambitions, please register your interest above. Similarly, if you are interested in engaging with the user testing and development of SCATTER, please do let us know.

The development of SCATTER provides a great opportunity to support a range of Local Authorities in taking their first steps along the journey to becoming carbon neutral, a journey which Nottingham City Council are also on. We’re really pleased to be part of the next phase of the project, aiming to increase the usability and accessibility of this free-to-use resource. We hope that SCATTER, with its city/regional inventory, carbon budget, reporting outputs and emission reduction pathway scenarios, will help support ambitious carbon reduction objectives around the country, such as Nottingham’s own aim to be carbon neutral by 2028.

Wayne Bexton Head of Energy Services at Nottingham City Council.

Anthesis director, Brad Blundell, said

Working out what actions will have the greatest impact as cities and city-regions look to reduce carbon emissions is a complex task. Turning those actions into a workable plan that is broadly supported by stakeholders is equally challenging. This is where SCATTER comes in, simplifying the measurement of emissions, helping cities to model scenarios, set reduction targets and take action.

In December 2018, Matt Rooney spoke to the BBC's 'Beyond Today' team on Manchester's carbon neutral ambitions. Listen to the podcast here - Can Manchester save the planet?


This is a beta release of the site. We are working to build on the functionality and accessibility of the tool and would really appreciate your feedback. Please send any comments or questions to Nottingham City Council are completing an evaluation to better understand the user experience of SCATTER and how it can enable local authority and regional carbon reduction objectives. We will use the information you provide to inform the development of the tool. Please click the link to complete the short survey: All responses are anonymised. Alternatively, please contact directly:

How can your carbon footprint be reduced?

The SCATTER tool enables the user to choose ambition thresholds across more than 45 emission reduction interventions, including national and local interventions.

Interventions for consideration by city regions to reduce carbon use are broken down into four technology-focussed areas:

Energy supply

Electricity grid decarbonisation, bioenergy supply

Energy demand from buildings

Use of retrofit technologies to reduce energy demand, switching space heating to electrified methods

Energy demand from transport

Adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles, reducing domestic vehicular travel

Natural capital

Sequestration of carbon in afforestation, agriculture, land use change