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. Its use is free of charge to all local authorities in the UK.

Please listen to the podcast below for an introduction to the tool, including its aims and key benefits.
What's new?

The tool now also offers the modelling of emissions reduction pathways to 2050, based on the ambition of several emissions reduction measures that can be set by the user.

The SCATTER tool:

  • Generates a greenhouse gas emissions inventory following the Global Protocol for City-wide Greenhouse Gas emissions for your local authority area
  • Helps the understanding and development of a credible decarbonisation pathway in line with emissions reduction targets
  • Provides outputs that can be used for engagement to create a collaborative carbon reduction approach for local authorities

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have funded Nottingham City Council and Anthesis to take forward enhancements to the online SCATTER tool.

This includes the full launch of SCATTER's Pathways functionality which is now online free of charge to councils in the UK. We are keen to receive feedback from councils using the tool during the beta release in order to improve the tool.

See below for more information on how to provide feedback.

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?

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.

How can your carbon footprint be reduced?

The SCATTER tool enables the user to choose ambition levels across over 30 emissions reduction interventions.

Interventions by consideration to reduce emissions are broken down into six areas

Energy supply

Electricity grid decarbonisation, bioenergy supply

Industry and commercial

Electrification of appliances and space heating, industrial process efficiency


Passenger transport demand and modal shift, technology and aviation

Agriculture and Land Use

Sequestration of carbon in afforestation, land and livestock management


Use of retrofit technologies to reduce energy demand, electrification of space heating


Reducing commercial, industrial and municipal waste and increasing recycling

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.

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.