Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Carbon Copy Awards. If you have any further enquiries, we would be happy to help. Please email [email protected] with your questions.

About Carbon Copy

Yes. Carbon Copy is the working name of Carbon Copy Network, a charity registered in England and Wales (1187420).
Carbon Copy is currently run by its three founding trustees and a Communications Manager, working alongside technical and communications agency partners.
Carbon Copy does not earn any income currently. We will seek donations from users and grant funding once the network is established.
These action areas are simply a way of organising people’s initiatives, inspired by existing frameworks and current thinking on climate mitigation and adaptation.
These challenges have been drawn from research on the biggest environmental concerns in the UK.

Intended Audience

A Local Climate Action Plan with a shared net-zero carbon emissions target requires collaboration between different organisations. A coalition of likeminded people in community groups (and community institutions like universities), local government and companies is needed to achieve meaningful change.
Our focus is not on individual lifestyle changes, although these are the crucial first step. Instead we are looking to build the momentum behind collective action where people live. Individuals can have an even greater impact through shared effort or by involving more people.
Yes.
No. Our focus is on promoting and celebrating climate action initiatives that have been implemented locally to encourage faster learning, more collaboration and build momentum.
No. Carbon Copy is apolitical. We need engagement and leadership by government at all levels and by political parties of all colours.
Action at the sub-national level is critical to the systemic change we need, and a groundswell has already developed: 85% of people in the UK are currently worried about climate change, 73% say that Britain is already feeling its effects, and 67% of local councils across the country have declared a climate emergency.
Yes.

Join us

No. As a visitor you can see all the low-carbon initiatives that Carbon Copy members have shared and see discussions in full related to any one of these initiatives.
As a fly on the wall, you cannot showcase your own climate action work or share your learning and insights with others.
As a member, you can share the initiatives you are working on and join in the discussions to learn more. You can reach a broader audience, bring more people along with you, and gain new insights. You can also customise the entire online hub based on the action areas that interest to you and the challenges you wish to address.
Carbon Copy is moderated to make it a safe space for everyone. Members who do not follow our Code of Conduct can no longer participate. The experience for everyone else is better and more constructive as a result.
Carbon Copy is a free service. There are no hidden charges or fees.
Click sign up and complete a simple online registration form so you can get started!
You can close your personal account on Carbon Copy at any time by going to your Account page. When you close your account, all your personal data will be deleted in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

My Account

By indicating your areas of interest on My Account, we can customise the content and make it more relevant to you. These personal preferences can be updated at any time.
It is helpful for people to see where different kinds of local climate action are taking place. We identify areas locally based on existing local authority boundaries to align with council jurisdictions.
It’s useful to see what other people from a similar group or type of organisation to you have to say, as they may be dealing with similar internal challenges and opportunities in taking collective action.
You can close your personal account on Carbon Copy at any time by going to My Account page. When you close your account, all your personal data will be deleted in accordance with our Privacy Policy.  

Share your initiative

An initiative may be a project, policy, enterprise or toolkit. It may be in pilot stage or fully implemented but is more than a plan on paper. An initiative may be short-lived or long-lasting and either be live or recent enough to be relevant. Big or small, it is a local climate action that addresses the environment and climate emergency directly.
By sharing your initiative with a different and diverse network of people taking climate action locally, you could reach a broader audience, bring more people along with you and gain new insights. At the same time, you would help inspire others to do the same and build the momentum behind climate action.
No additional work is needed, beyond completing a simple one-page online form about your initiative.
An initiative should relate to one of six broad action areas: renewable energy, buildings and the built environment, the circular economy, transport, nature and land use. Please click here for more info.
The themes are interconnected, so go ahead and identify more than one action area if relevant.
These action areas are simply a way of organising people’s initiatives, inspired by existing frameworks and current thinking on climate mitigation and adaptation.
You complete a simple one-page form online about your initiative and submit it for review by Carbon Copy.
We read through the project for any obvious errors but rely on the author’s honesty on the details, as agreed in our Code of Conduct. We look for initiatives that can be copied and where the low-carbon benefit is predominantly local to the area.
We would not publish a project that is greenwash, could cause collateral harm, or is socially exclusive.
As soon as we have reviewed the submitted initiative and it’s OK, we publish it online.
Yes, simply login and go to My Account page in the top righthand corner.
You can submit as many initiatives as you like. Please complete a separate online form for each one!

Local to you

Local To You is intended to help people across the UK discover how their local community is responding to the climate crisis. You start from a map with a bird’s-eye view of all the local authority areas in the country, from places that have not yet declared a climate emergency to places that are targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Hover over any area to see the net-zero target date as well as the current emissions level. Click on the Climate Action Plan link to see more.
It’s hard to visualise the volume of our emissions, so we have looked at it in terms of the number of hot air balloons that they would fill. If you look at the number of people living in your area and the total emissions, you can calculate the average tonnes of CO2 per person per year. One tonne of CO2 would fill a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume) so we can imagine the volume overhead if our emissions locally were released in hot air balloons.
We have looked at the sources of our emissions by different sectors, from industrial and commercial to domestic and transport. These sectors are defined precisely by the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the statistics they provide are the most reliable and consistent breakdown of CO2 emissions across the UK and over time.
Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported to the UK because of our consumer demands. We have estimated these embedded emissions at a local level instead of ignoring them completely. For more, please read our blog post Don’t Just Consume It, Count It

Join in the discussion

Uniquely, members in Carbon Copy have discussions that are linked to specific initiatives. This matching of people’s insights with projects keeps the topic focused on practical solutions and on what’s working and not working.
You must sign up to become a member first before you can start or join a discussion.
Carbon Copy is moderated to make it a safe space for everyone. Members who do not follow our Code of Conduct  can no longer participate. The experience for everyone else is better and more constructive as a result.
No. It is an open network so a visitor can see any discussion but cannot join in.
There is nothing to stop you from connecting outside of the Carbon Copy network if you wish to have a one-to-one conversation.