Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Whitchurch and Pontsebury are leading the way with tracking their carbon through a new app developed by the Shropshire Climate Action Partnership (SCAP).

SCAP is working with a large number of organisations and groups with the aim of getting Shropshire to be carbon zero by 2030.

Their app is designed to track carbon useage of individuals and is being trialled in parts of Shropshire before something similar is rolled out country wide.

Community groups are being asked to trial this new scheme, calculating carbon footprints on an individual basis and reporting back to their group representative. The averages are then used to allow SCAP to determine a baseline of carbon emissions for each town taking part.

Through previous research SCAP know that Shropshire produces six megatonnes of CO2 every year, but it is unknown how much of this comes from residential houses. By understanding the carbon useage better in the area, improvement plans can be made.

Nick Saxby, Environmental campaigner who is leading the project for SCAP said:

“It’s going to be a big challenge reaching net zero carbon by 2030, but it’s important that we do. One of the biggest challenges is knowing exactly what our starting position is,”

“Once we have that, we can check our progress much more easily.”

“Tackling the climate crisis needs a lot of large scale action, but individuals, families and friends, can work together to play their part too.”

“We all have a shared stake in the future, so it makes sense that action like this is social.”

“The platform we’re using, Giki Zero, is really user-friendly, and gives lots of support to help people achieve whatever goals they set for themselves,”

“We’ll also build a community of people driven to take action on the climate.”

“People can share their progress and get support in a dedicated Facebook group, but hopefully, we’ll be able to meet face-to-face one day soon and talk things through.”

People can sign up to the Giki Zero platform online for free at: www.giki.earth

If you live in Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Whitchurch and Pontsebury and would like to get involved, get in touch with SCAP through their facebook page.