About the Project

Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction (SCATTER)

This work was developed as part of the Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction (SCATTER) project. The SCATTER project, funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), developed a methodology for Local Authorities to set carbon emissions targets that are consistent with United Nations Paris Climate Agreement. The SCATTER project was a collaboration between Tyndall Manchester, Antheis Group and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The further development of the methodology into a widely applicable free online resource for local authorities UK-wide was supported through funding from the University of Manchester EPSRC Impact Support Fund.

Tyndall Manchester

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is an interdisciplinary research group formed in 2000 and currently based at University of East Anglia, University of Manchester, Newcastle University and Cardiff University. Our research covers most areas of climate change research including;

The Tyndall Carbon Budget Tool project was led by researchers at Tyndall Manchester – Jaise Kuriakose, Kevin Anderson, John Broderick, Carly McLachlan and Chris Jones. The views expressed in the research related to the Tyndall Carbon Budget Tool and its outputs are those of the named researchers and not necessarily of the wider Tyndall Centre.

For further information about the Tyndall Carbon Budget Tool, other Tyndall Manchester research or to let us know how you are using the tool please contact Chris Jones at c.w.jones@manchester.ac.uk .

Further Resources

The Tyndall Carbon Budget Tool provides a way for local areas in the UK to calculate a carbon budget and frame the scale and urgency of climate change action. This can be a first step in longer process of developing common goals and ambitions with local government areas and devolved administrations. There are other online resources and organisations that can support the next steps in working towards to the carbon budgets and climate change commitments. Currently our carbon budget approach is compatible with the following online resources for Local Authorities:

SCATTER Online Tool:

Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction (SCATTER) is a tool available to local authorities for free: www.scattercities.com

It has two key functions:

  • Greenhouse gas inventories with carbon reporting outputs including CDP Cities (available now)
  • Carbon reduction pathways modelling (coming in late 2019)

The development of the tool has been funded by Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via Nottingham City Council, and is being developed by Anthesis Group. Anthesis have used the SCATTER tool with many cities to provide an evidence base from which to build their ambitious carbon reduction plans.

For more information and to sign-up for updates please go to www.scattercities.com or contact Jonathan.ward@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or jono.adams@anthesisgroup.com


CDP offer a sustainability disclosure system that can support local authorities and companies to manage their environmental impacts. The carbon budgets provided by the Tyndall Carbon Budget Tool are compatible with this reporting and disclosure process. Visit www.cdp.net/en/cities to find out more.