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A carbon footprint tool to reduce city-level emissions

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A comprehensive tool to measure city-level emissions, model scenarios, set reduction targets and implement actions.


What is SCATTER?


Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction

SCATTER is a city-focused emissions tool, built to help create low carbon cities. How does it do this? 

Through a combination of tools and data sources, the model measures a city's emissions inventory. The easy to interpret output can then be used to set targets and form a plan of reduction.  

This groundbreaking tool provides city regions with the opportunity to standardise their greenhouse gas reporting and align them with international standards, including the setting of targets in line with The Paris Climate Agreement. 

Not only does SCATTER generate a compliant emissions inventory, but develops a credible decarbonisation pathway for a city region to implement in line with their emissions targets. 

three main outputs of the model


1. Your city's greenhouse gas emissions inventory


This is aligned with the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).

2. 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.

3. A report on the set emissions target


This details the nature and extent of any related emissions reduction, aligned with the Mitigation Goal Standard (MGS)


matt rooney scatter bbc beyond today

Since the launch of SCATTER at the Greater Manchester Green Summit in March 2018, the tool has been gaining significant traction with policymakers across a number of UK regions. We're now 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. 

Could your city be next?

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? 


What will you achieve from using SCATTER?


The aim of the SCATTER tool is to combine multiple sources and integrate existing models to provide a powerful interactive digital platform for city administrations. The visual and user-friendly nature of the powerful tool aims to support city regions in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, informing policy and meeting reporting commitments, such as those required by the Global Compact of Mayors and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).  

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How will 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 4 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


Interactive data visualisation

The SCATTER tool makes complex data easy to understand.

Innovative data visualisation software provides users with clear graphical outputs to assist interpretation of the data. Intuitive understanding of complex datasets and modelled scenarios improves engagement, supports messaging of planners and will help turn insights into action.

Take a look at more of our interactive dashboards developed by our visualisation team.


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Four technical areas of support to reduce your carbon footprint


Once SCATTER gives you an accurate view of your city's current greenhouse gas emission levels, you can apply this data to four main areas of work:

Use of SCATTER data


Inventory calculation Data collation, GPC category alignment, accuracy enhancement
Science-based carbon budget Science-based budget setting, critical review
Intervention modelling Threshold feasibility review, impact assessment, scenario analysis
Reporting and action Goal setting and reporting, MGS alignment, innovative data visualisation, CDP reporting, Compact of Mayors reporting



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