You can use Snapshot to compare between regions. It provides a starting point to understand where the emissions sources are in your locality and an understanding of where to focus your efforts. We would suggest using it to start the conversation around action planning and targeting key sectors. Snapshot provides the emissions sources, but not the current local activities or climate action. It is 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 are working on ways to show this clearly too, get in touch if you would like to contribute.
It can be valuable to learn from regions with similar characteristics for example, through the Cohort Reports. Comparison with other places to determine which 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. 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 for example BlueScope Steel in Wollongong (NSW) or Tomago Aluminium in Port Stephens (NSW).