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Invitation To The 6th International ICARB Conference On Carbon Accounting For Cities & Communities.

Posted: 14th August 2014

6th ICARB conference introduction

The battle to slow climate change is being won and lost in cities. They are responsible for over seventy percent of global CO2 emissions and two-thirds of worldwide energy consumption. Cities are also the engines of economies. Balancing local economic imperatives against the social and environmental benefits of reducing ghg emissions is mired in then complexity surrounding the issues and tools for correct accounting. Confidence is increased by using rigorous accounting protocols but it is in their day to day application that the need for harmonisation of assumptions arises.  Local Authorities, under mandatory obligations to report emissions, often find it a difficult and expensive challenge. For local communities and businesses developing robust benchmarks and effectively targeted actions plans, also requires a good understanding of ghg accounting. Facility managers often find it difficult to produce energy records that are compatible with ghg accounting procedures. The ICARB conference provides a forum for all these stakeholders to catch-up on the latest updates on carbon disclosure and community accounting protocols and programmes, to learn from developments in cities, research and the front-line professions and to join in workshops designed to explore and improve ghg accounting practices across sectors and scales in Scotland and beyond.

The Initiative for Carbon Accounting (ICARB) warmly invites you to our 2014 conference on Carbon Accounting for Cities and Communities on the Friday5 September 2014 at the City Chambers, Edinburgh, to learn from, and network with, leaders in the field from Scotland and Europe.

Join us to catch-up on the latest ghg accounting tools, what’s changed in the sector, and to meet cities, community groups, businesses, professionals and researchers who are tackling the challenges of carbon accounting in their local areas, communities and businesses.

The 18 speakers include VIEW SPEAKER LINE-UP:

– Amanda Howarth-Wiklund, Director of the CDP Nordic: The Carbon Disclosure Project: Progress and Challenges for Cities.

– Chang Deng-Beck, ICLEI World Secretariat: GPC 2.0 – the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions.

– Morten Højer, Speical Adviser on Climate and Economy, City of Copenhagen: The Pros and Cons of Streamlining the C40 process: Lessons from Copenhagen.

– Graham Pinfield, Glasgow City City Council:Lessons learned from the Scottish STEP project.

– The conference will bring together many of the people involved in carbon and ghg audits for buildings, micro-grids, communities, towns and cities.


Attend to:

– Hear about the launch and progress with  city and community scale ghg emissions inventories and programmes

– Catch up on Best Practice lessons learned from cities and communities

– Join interactive workshops on building, business, community and city level accounting. Make connections with experts, researchers and organisations who are leading on carbon accounting and management.

Register now at Exhibitor registration is also available for organisations interested in having a display or stall.

For more information contact Sue Roaf on

ICARB hopes you can join us for a stimulating day of learning and knowledge exchange at the forefront of carbon accounting in Scotland.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

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