CarbonCountsTM is a shared platform specifically designed to support multiple organizations’ collaboration and management of climate and other environmental initiatives.
Examples of information it houses:
Tracking Progress and Milestones
Projects can be set up to track any type of quantitative progress or inventory measure, such as the number of hectares of forest sustainably managed, equipment retrofits, miles of dunes reinforced, energy consumption, or water use. CO2 equivalents for each input are stored in the system and used to calculate GHG emissions and reductions. For any project, milestones and schedules can be set up and tracked as well.
Transparency and Validation
Reported progress for each project, which can be augmented with notes and documentation, is routed to an authoritative reviewer. CarbonCountsTM allows assigned validators to review, approve, or reject data entered. Following acceptance, progress reporting is presented in summary and individual project output reports, accompanied by project-specific conversion methods and constants.
Adaptability and Customization
CarbonCountsTM can be readily customized for any language, frequency of reporting, alternative CO2 equivalent conversion formulae and constants, assigned user roles for data entry, reviewers, management, and administrators, as well as tabular and graphic outputs. Abt also provides research and support for organizational change needed to foster adoption, conversion calculations, and identification of mitigation and adaptation priorities.
Supporting Climate Change Initiatives Worldwide
The Government of Mexico has been using the Abt-developed CarbonCountsTM tool since 2010 to track and report progress on its 294 federal-level climate change goals. The figure above shows CO2e reduction by organization, as deployed for Mexico’s Special Commission on Climate Change.