The Great Collaboration Toolkit captures information about the carbon reduction actions that individuals, businesses, community groups and schools in your local community have taken, want to take, and are unable to take.
The captured information – completely anonymised – is summarised into a Local Council Report that can be presented at a council meeting. The insights given in the report enable you to see what is happening in your local community and this valuable information can be used to inform your own Carbon Action Plan.
For example, you might find that 40% of people have swapped their energy provider to renewable energy. In which case there is still a large proportion of the community that will require help to do so.
A community ‘Switching Day’ could be organised to give residents access to laptops to view impartial energy comparison sites.
Or, you might find that 5% of people already have an electric car. However, another 10% would get one if there were local charging points. That might lead you to research grants for public charging points for example and get some installed.
With over 60 actions within the Toolkit, you can imagine that there will be many interesting findings when you compile your own Carbon Action Plan.
How does a local council get started with the Toolkit?
Even if a local council does nothing, their residents and businesses can use the Toolkit. However, the information that comes out of the Toolkit becomes more powerful the more people that are using it.
So councils will want to embed use of the Toolkit into their carbon reduction decision making, and promote its use within their community.
To be most successful, a council needs to consider four pieces of work (think of Plan - Promote - Report as a continuous cycle):
What support is available to help local councils?
There’s an extensive Resource Pack that’s available to all local councils. Just contact us and we’ll send it to you. It’s developing further all the time, so you’ll find the support provided getting better and better as time goes on.