Strategic financial and climate change process design for carbon budgeting
Altair and Carbon Change worked closely with Falkirk Council to ensure carbon budgets receive as much strategic emphasis as financial planning.
Carbon Change and Altair worked with Falkirk Council to measure their 2020/21 carbon footprint in line with the public bodies reporting duty requirements. We then used this data to set the year 1 carbon budget, forecast annual reductions to net zero and create a framework for carbon budgeting. Carbon Change and Altair helped re-design how budgets are set across the organisation to ensure equal emphasis is placed on a carbon budget as it is on a financial budget.
We designed from scratch a bespoke framework which enables Falkirk Council to set, monitor and report carbon budgets across all departments while aligning this process with internal financial budget setting protocols and governance structures.
The framework allows for year-on-year carbon budget setting for emissions attached to both revenue and capital financial expenditure, whilst encouraging employee ownership and organisational buy-in of their carbon budget.
Falkirk will be the 3rd Local Authority in Scotland to introduce carbon budgeting. By introducing the carbon budgeting framework, they hope this will help to support them achieve net zero status by 2030.
The following results have been delivered by Carbon Change and Altair
Altair and Carbon Change have worked hard to understand the Council’s existing processes and carbon emissions, to ensure the carbon budgeting process is as streamlined as possible to business as usual. Their professional and collaborative approach meant our internal teams were actively engaged through running a series of interactive workshops and regular meetings, to ensure momentum throughout the project and encourage council-wide ownership. This project will be a vital part of Falkirk reaching their organisational Net Zero target by 2030, and we are delighted that the project is now live and being trialled across the Council.Claire Gibson, Lead Officer - Climate Change, Falkirk Council
Uttlesford District CouncilSee more
SageHaus LivingSee more
Irish Council for Social HousingSee more