Government launches carbon tool for local authorities

A carbon tool to help councils calculate the carbon benefits of local transport initiatives has been launched.

The government has developed a draft carbon tool to help local councils demonstrate the carbon benefits of transport interventions in their areas. The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on the tool until 30 April 2011.

The tool includes guidance on how to appraise carbon savings, as well as research and best practice on different types of transport interventions.

Councils can feed findings into bids to the new £580m Local Sustainable Transport Fund, announced in last month’s local transport white paper, which aims to cut transport emissions while promoting local economic growth (ENDS Report, February 2011).  

Last year, the DfT commissioned consultants Atkins to carry out research on how authorities in England were acting on climate change and monitoring emissions as part of their delivery of local transport services. One of Atkins’s recommendations was the creation of such a tool for authorities.

DfT says use of the tool is optional, insisting that it “confers no additional information burden on users”. The final tool will be published in summer, following the consultation.  

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