Please note: The Beta version of the Pathways functionality is now scheduled for the first week of February 2020 following peer testing. When launched, the new functionality will supersede the previous Excel-based Pathways functionality.





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 scatter@anthesisgroup.com

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: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=156086925980. All responses are anonymised.



What does SCATTER stand for?

  • Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction

Why was it created and who developed the tool?

  • SCATTER was created to offer the ability to report on authority wide emissions to carbon reporting frameworks, inform the setting of carbon reduction targets and to understand potential pathways to meeting commitments in line with national and international objectives

  • Anthesis built the tool with support from national and local government and academics.

Who is involved in the partnership?

  • Anthesis developed the tool in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Nottingham City Council, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and The Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research.

Who can use SCATTER?

  • Any individual from a local authority, county council or unitary authority in the UK with a .gov.uk email can use the SCATTER tool for free at any time. Each authority will have an account which multiple users from that authority can access upon registration with their individual email addresses. 

  • We are not currently supporting access for users from other organisations such as NGOs, academics or consultancies as the current tool is currently contracted specifically to provide access to local authorities.

  • Combined authorities or those operating as a joint authority will only be able to access online data for one authority currently. We can also provide data downloads for the other authorities if needed, which you can request by emailling scattercities@anthesisgroup.com

How many users can we have?

  • There is no limit to the number of users per account.

What is an inventory, and why is it useful to know?

  • A greenhouse gas emissions inventory collates the sum of emissions arising from different sectors, attributable to a designated area (e.g. a local authority).

  • It is useful to understand where emissions arise and where carbon reduction methods could have the largest impact.

What does the tool do? How will it help us to reduce our carbon footprint?

  • SCATTER has 2 main functions. Calculating greenhouse gas inventories with carbon reporting outputs, and carbon reduction pathways. Creating a greenhouse gas inventory for a Local Authority allows an organisation to identify the sources of their emissions and where to focus action. The Pathways tool outputs are intended to benefit engagement to develop a collaborative low carbon plan.

How can I use the tool?

What is its goal?

  • The goal of the tool is to provide a freely accessible, easy way for a Local Authority to:

    • calculate the area’s current emissions

    • aid emissions reporting to international standards

    • Develop emissions scenarios to 2050 and identify ways in which to reduce emissions

The online tool is intuitive to use and can calculate the current inventory and scenarios via a user-friendly interface. These results can be saved to the users specific Local Authority account. The tool is split in two parts. Currently the tool can calculate greenhouse gas emissions inventories and carbon reporting outputs. In Autumn 2019, the tool will be able to create carbon reduction scenarios.

Are there any costs associated with using the tool?

  • No, using the tool is free

Which carbon reporting frameworks can I access through SCATTER?

Why should I report my carbon emissions?

  • The past year has seen a decisive shift in momentum on carbon reduction following the release of the IPCC 1.5 special report, which called for urgent climate action by 2030. This has led to hundreds of towns and cities across the UK declaring a climate emergency and setting ambitious carbon reduction commitments.

  • By disclosing to initiatives like CDP, local authorities can better understand their impact and how they can support local, national and international targets.

  • Disclosing environmental data through CDP Cities has a huge number of advantages, from improved engagement to centralising data and tracking progress. CDP provides cities with all publicly available data, evaluates your response, benchmarks your performance against peers and finds areas of opportunity for your city.

Will SCATTER help us to comply with legislation and / or regulatory requirements?

  • There are no regulatory requirements for local authorities to report their area’s emissions. However, cities can voluntarily report to CDP and SCATTER’s emissions report provides the quantitative answers to Section 4 in CDP’s 2019 Questionnaire.

When are the reporting deadlines for CDP?

  • CDP’s disclosure platform will remain open for submissions and amendments until end of November 2019. Through CDP, cities can measure, monitor, and manage their impacts on their environment and access tools, networks and shared information from cities all over the world. Participation in CDP’s program is free.  As the scoring deadline has passed, your city will not receive a score or be featured in CDP’s analytics tool, but you will still be able to access the analytics tool, insights and CDP’s network.

  • For help with your submission, contact simeran.bachra@cdp.net

What parts of the CDP survey does SCATTER assist with?

  • Section 4, City-wide emissions

What scope does the data cover for greenhouse gas emissions and where can I find out more information about what this means?

  • SCATTER covers direct (Scope 1), indirect (Scope 2) and some wider (Scope 3) emissions. This fulfils the requirements for a BASIC emissions inventory in GPC terms.

  • Activities taking place within a city can generate GHG emissions that occur inside the city boundary as well as outside the city boundary. To distinguish among them, emissions are commonly grouped into three categories based on where they occur:

  • Scope 1 (Direct emissions)

    • GHG emissions from sources located within the city boundary

  • Scope 2 (Indirect emissions)

    • GHG emissions occurring as a consequence of the use of grid-supplied electricity, heat, steam and/or cooling within the city boundary

  • Scope 3

    • All other GHG emissions that occur outside the city boundary as a result of activities taking place within the city boundary


How do I export data?

  • Within the tool there are buttons to download the tables and full GHG inventory.

Why isn’t the data from 2018-19? Will the tool be updated?

  • The tool uses the most recent freely available data. For most of the datasets used, data represents 2017, though in some cases 2016 data has been used.  

  • The tool has the potential to be updated with more recent data when it becomes available, but this activity has not yet been contracted.

Where does the data come from?

  • Our approach is based on the Accounting and Reporting Standard developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories. Greenhouse Gas Protocol Guidance for cities.

  • Activity data (fuel consumption, waste arisings, process gas emissions) is multiplied by emissions factors to work out the global warming potential, in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).

  • For more detail on the datasets we used and how the calculations have been carried out, please see the methodology pages