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What is SCATTER?

Setting City Areas Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction

This is a city-focused low carbon pathway model. This groundbreaking tool provides city regions with the opportunity to standardise their greenhouse gas reporting to align with international standards. 


It was first developed and piloted for the Greater Manchester region and recently showcased at the inaugural 2018 Mayor's Green Summit. 

Through the combination of multiple tools and data sources, SCATTER supports cities, regions and boroughs across the UK to set emission reduction targets,  including setting carbon budget targets in line with The Paris Climate Agreement, and define appropriate pathways to achieve them.  

Anthesis' highly innovative data visualisation software also provides users with clear graphical outputs to assist interpretation and engagement with modelled forecasts. 

Our interactive dashboards, developed by our internal team, show how model outputs can be visualised in a much more engaging way.

Do get in touch if you would like a free demo of the interactive dashboard.

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The aims of SCATTER

The aim of the SCATTER tool is to combine multiple sources and integrate existing models to provide a powerful interactive digital platform for city administrations. The visual and user-friendly nature of the powerful tool aims to support city regions in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, informing policy and meeting reporting commitments, such as those required by the Global Compact of Mayors and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).  

Related imageA UK city-wide GHG emissions modelling tool, with illustrative data outputs informing GHG reduction interventions

Related imageA tool to model GHGs of existing, well established interventions that have already been adopted elsewhere

Related imageA tool that will give a high level, intervention specific, indication of relative social and economic impacts


The SCATTER tool enables the user to choose ambition thresholds across more than 45 emission reduction interventions, including national and local interventions.

Interventions for consideration by city regions are broken down into four broad categories: 

  • Energy supply

    • E.g. electricity grid decarbonisation, bioenergy supply
  • Energy demand from buildings

    • E.g. use of retrofit technologies to reduce energy demand, switching space heating to electrified methods
  • Energy demand from transport

    • E.g. adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles, reducing domestic vehicular travel
  • Natural capital

    • E.g. sequestration of carbon in afforestation, agriculture, land use change

A technical solution to your city region's carbon footprint... 

There are four main areas of support that SCATTER can provide:

  • Inventory Calculation - Data collation, GPC category alignment, accuracy enhancement

  • Science-based Carbon Budget - Science-based budget setting, critical review

  • Intervention Modelling - Threshold feasibility review, impact assessment, scenario analysis

  • Reporting and Action - Goal setting and reporting, MGS alignment, innovative data visualisation, CDP reporting, Compact of Mayors reporting



Contact us to discuss SCATTER further



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The SCATTER tool and intervention scenarios were the collaborative making of Anthesis, Tyndall Centre, GMCA, BEIS and Core Cities.

The tool was launched at the Greater Manchester Green Summit in March 2018, hosted by Mayor Andy Burnham, in his quest to create one of Europe's greenest cities.  

SCATTER is now ready to be rolled out across other UK Core Cities and other regions alike. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss further.  

If you are interested in finding out more about how SCATTER can work for your city or region, do get in touch below: