The Carbon and Planning Workbook

Diagram showing the carbon transactions of interest in planning

Updated 21September, 2022: We have now gained a lot more experience with this approach and have updated the workbook. Also, please see our major report on the Carbon Impact of Places for Everyone, for an insight into our methods and how they can be used in assessing planning proposals.

This is a guide for local campaigners who want to estimate the carbon (greenhouse gas) consequences of proposed planning developments on local land.

It takes you through the various aspects to consider and data that you can use in your estimates. It also aims to forewarn you of potential problems and uncertainties in making such estimates. It is still a work in progress so feedback and suggestions will be very welcome.

The workbook provides information you can use for estimating the specific carbon consequences of a development. You do not have to be mathematicians or engineers to work this out, it is a high level estimate (not a finely crafted precision calculation) that can be used to evaluate and, where necessary, to challenge the development.

To access the files, CLICK HERE

If you have difficulty accessing the files, do let us know.

There are two items:

The workbook, with discussion of the issues, information on sources of data and hints and tips. It is available in pdf and two word processor versions (.ods and .docx).

A spreadsheet that you can edit for your own calculations, available in .xlsx and ods versions.

The files can be downloaded and used by you. You can also share them. However, please don’t produce derivative versions without our permission and please do acknowledge us in your work.

We are grateful to Friends of Carrington Moss for the stimulus to develop this workbook, and for comments on an earlier version.