The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool has been developed by Local Partnerships, working with the LGA, to provide a straightforward and consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline. While currently local authority reporting on emissions is voluntary, consistent and easy calculation of an annual carbon baseline is an important part of managing the carbon in our organisations.

The tool produces summary tables and charts to help local authorities understand their most significant sources of emissions, which can then be used to prioritise actions to reduce carbon emissions.

Councils are also able to benchmark their emissions with other councils to understand how their performance compares with their peers. To participate in the benchmarking please submit your completed baseline by email to

The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool and FAQ has been updated as of 27th April 2022.

The tool has been reviewed by the Carbon Disclosure Project for compliance, and can be used to disclose council emissions data to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System in the Local Government Emissions section.

The tool is free to use for all councils in England and Wales.

This is the tool and a set of FAQs to help you navigate the questions.

If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact




The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool and FAQ has been updated as of 27th April 2022.

This Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool has been produced by Local Partnerships, working with the LGA, to help local authorities establish their baseline greenhouse gas emissions over a single reporting year, providing focus on scope 1 and 2 emissions with some development on scope 3 data sets.

Please read the “Scope Guidance” sheet carefully to determine which consumption data is to be considered in-scope. Emissions are determined by the multiplying of consumption data from your authority with conversion factors set by BEIS.

We ask for your work or council email address and organisation type, below, in order to access the Tool, for our own use to understand better its use amongst the public sector. It is free to use and any data gathered will not be shared with any third party other than the LGA, unless you submit the data for benchmarking which will be available on LG Inform.

In case of any questions please contact

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