Frequently Asked Questions

What is a council ‘cohort’ and how is it evaluated?

A council cohort consists of other municipalities with a similar emissions profile. It is a reference to see which other areas may be good to connect with for shared learning. While there are many factors that shape the challenges and opportunities for any region to reduce emissions, the characteristics used provide a basis for high level comparison. To determine your cohort each council is mapped against every other council on the following areas:

  • total emissions
  • population
  • Gross Regional Product (GRP)
  • Socio Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) rating

The comparisons use a percentage variation set at 20% absolute (i.e. positive and negative). Other areas that fall within this range are considered cohorts.

Note that this approach does not ensure that the cohort developed for a council will match a cohort for another (i.e., If municipality A has identified municipality B as within its cohort, it doesn’t necessarily mean that municipality B has identified municipality A within its cohort). This is because it’s a percentage-based approach.

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