Resources & further reading

About the numbers

GPC protocol

Snapshot profiles have been developed in accordance with the Greenhouse gas Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). The GPC Protocol is designed to promote best practice greenhouse gas accounting and reporting.

Read more about the GPC protocol

Detailed Methodology

The method and data sources behind the numbers in this tool is available to download. This methodology will be enhanced as improved data sources become available.

Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM)

The Global Covenant of Mayors provides guidelines on how to produce and use a GPC profile through its Common Reporting Framework.

Visit the GCOM

Watch the Webinar “Snapshot: How Councils and Communities Around Australia Can Use Snapshot to Drive Action”

We held an open webinar in November 2019 to discuss how councils and communities around Australia can use Snapshot to drive action! With special presentations and updates from BZE, Cities Power Partnership, ICLEI Oceania and Ironbark, we explain how Snapshot works; how to get the best out of it for your council or community; how to turn community emissions profiles into action; and looked to the future of Snapshot and emissions profiles with input and questions from attendees. The Q&A session from this webinar has been collated into a handy report which you can download here.

Snapshot: How Councils and Communities Around Australia Can Use Snapshot to Drive Action

Further reading

You can also check out these other webinars and briefs for some more background on what we have been doing at Snapshot and how Snapshot fits into the wider climate action movement within Australia:

Big Snapshot Update and Webinar: New Data, Upcoming Google Data Integration & GCoM Reporting Breakthrough

Australian Councils and Climate Action Acronym Buster and Cheat-Sheet

State of play: Local governments and city networks accelerating climate action in Australia

Programs that support your team

For everyone

  • Take 2 Victoria

    TAKE2 is Victoria’s climate change pledge program to support net-zero emissions by 2050 and keep global temperature rise to under two degrees. It provides every home, business, local government and organisation in Victoria, with information on actions they can take to reduce their emissions and plan for a low carbon future. We are Australia’s first state government-led pledge initiative and one of the most comprehensive climate change programs in the world.

  • Zero Carbon Communities

    For any community where people, businesses, clubs, groups and councils are taking action to reduce carbon emissions. By signing up you get access to shared resources, volunteer based support programs and co-ordination with Council programs.


For Councils

  • Global Covenant of Mayors

    The GCoM is an international program that supports councils in tracking progress and provides comprehensive guidance on reporting, mitigation, and adaptation. Participating councils benefit from the knowledge of the international community and the global recognition program.

    Visit the GCOM
  • Cities Power Partnership

    The Cities Power Partnership is Australia’s largest local government climate alliance with over one hundred councils committing to tackle climate change together. Through this program, council’s make five climate pledges. Councils are armed with access to a knowledge hub, online forum, emissions reporting tool and events to help them achieve their climate projects.


Next Steps

  • Zero Carbon Communities Guide

    Beyond Zero Emissions’ free Zero Carbon Communities guide provides a simple framework and key steps to show how you can create a zero carbon community. It is based on research that demonstrates zero emissions are achievable and affordable now.

  • Australian Local Government Climate Review 2021

    A comprehensive assessment of what councils and communities are doing to tackle climate change, along with the barriers and challenges they face. The review includes recommendations and case studies for government, councils and communities.

  • Evidence-Based Action Planning

    Learn from the evidence: in this webinar held by Ironbark we walk you through our process for identifying how councils can maximise their effectiveness in reducing emissions and achieve the greatest level of abatement per dollar spent.

  • Measuring Melbourne's Emissions: Local Government Climate Change Professional Development Program

    This program has a range of online resources include reports, training materials and case studies on how regions can work together.

  • Sustainability Victoria Local Government Energy Saver Program

    This webinar series provides a detailed background to community emissions profiles, the challenges of data accuracy and how profiles can be used.

  • Z-NET / V1: Zero-net Energy Towns (Z-NET Uralla 2015)

    The first version developed open source templates and resources to help with action planning and community engagement for transitioning to zero-net energy (not including transport) at a town scale.

    Visit V1
  • Z-NET / V2: Zero-Net Emission Transition (Z-NET Hepburn 2019)

    The blueprint was scaled up to measure and consider the full emissions baseline for the Hepburn Shire in 2019 and to create a masterplan for reaching zero-net energy (including transport) by 2025 and zero-net emissions by 2030.

    Visit V2
  • Beyond Zero Emissions

    A set of reports detailing best practice actions to take emissions to zero across all sectors. All solutions are recommended based on their readiness to be adopted immediately.

  • ANU Renewable Energy

    The ANU 100% Renewable Energy group conducts research in the deployment and integration of renewable energy, working towards carbon-neutrality throughout Australia’s economy.

  • Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation

    Climate Works produces reports on pathways to decarbonisation by 2050.

  • Low Emissions Technology Roadmap

    The Low Emissions Technology Roadmap provides an independent, science-based analysis of the technology options in the energy sector that can help Australia meet its 2030 emissions reduction target and create new opportunities for local industry.

  • Drawdown Solutions

    A list of “no regrets” solutions—actions that make sense to take regardless of their climate impact since they have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies.

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