Frequently Asked Questions

Can we use Snapshot to compare between councils and understand where we sit?

You can use Snapshot to compare between councils. It provides a starting point to understand where the emissions sources are in your municipality and an understanding of where to focus your efforts. We would suggest using it to start the conversation around action planning and targeting the key sectors. Snapshot tells you were the emissions sources are, but not the current activities or climate action within a municipality. So it’s also important to get an understanding of the current level of climate action, the plans and strategies of other key stakeholders (such as businesses and state government) to leverage or work with other stakeholders.

We would suggest exercising caution as to the reasons for comparison. If there are ways to learn from municipalities with similar characteristics (for example, through the Comparison Reports) then this could be very valuable. But comparison to determine which council or municipality is doing “better” or “worse” is counter-productive and misleading. Snapshot does not rank municipalities, but simply states where the emissions sources are from.

Councils only have a limited degree of control and influence over the sources of emissions within their municipality so a degree of caution is required. For example, the Cities of Hume (Victoria) and West Torrens (South Australia) have large airports within their municipal boundaries that would skew any “per capita” comparisons. The same may apply to those council areas with large industrial energy users (BlueScope Steel in Wollongong (NSW) or Tomago Aluminium in Port Stephens (NSW)).

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