SMARTTool Carbon Emissions Inventory and Reporting

The Province of B.C.


SMARTTool is a web based GHG emissions inventory and reporting tool which provides a standardized approach to calculating and reporting an organization’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions. The tool was originally developed to help provincial public sector organizations meet their legislated requirements to be carbon neutral by 2010.

SMARTTool was developed by Shared Services BC, a provincial agency providing provincial ministries and other public sector organizations with key support services including information technology, accounting, procurement and real estate services. Shared Services BC will deliver SMARTTool directly to BC local governments and will work with them to set up their corporate emissions inventories, train users and structure their reports based on individual community preferences.

What are the benefits of using SMARTTool?

SMARTTool offers local governments a number of benefits including:

  • a consistent, cost-effective approach for BC local governments to calculate and report on their corporate GHG emissions inventories
  • one-on-one training and ongoing support to set up and manage a customized emissions profile and assist in resolving technological and methodological issues specific to local government corporate boundaries
  • on-going application of current emissions factors to ensure valid and verifiable data outputs
  • flexibility in how emissions are reported, including the level of detail that data is collected and reported on
  • basis for planning emission reductions and monitoring progress
  • the ability to estimate energy consumption where direct data is not available
  • ongoing upgrades and improvements to the service, software and calculation methodologies
  • the ability to generate Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program reports

What is included?

In addition to 24 hour access to the software, local government users of SMARTTool will receive a range of services including:

  • orientation and training in how to use SMARTTool
  • initial SMARTTool set up
  • one-on-one advanced level support during business hours
  • 24-7 first level help desk support
  • support for addressing data collection gaps

How much will it cost?

Costs for SMARTTool are allocated based on the tonnes of GHGs the user emits annually, according to the following structure:

  • Year One (on-boarding/set up): $900 or $1.00 per tonne, whichever is greater
  • Year Two: $300 or $0.95 per tonne, whichever is greater

Note that year one costs for all local governments will be estimated based on the energy consumption data from the 2011 Climate Action Revenue Incentive program (CARIP). Once on-boarding is complete and consumption data has been calculated, future year costs of SMARTTool will be based on actual corporate GHG emissions.

Local Governments wanting to sign on to use SMARTTool will need to enter into a service agreement with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The agreement is for a one year period with the option to renew annually.

Find out More

Read about Carbon Neutral Local Government here:

View the Green Communities Committee Recommendation here:

How to sign up for SMARTTool

To sign up for SMARTTool or to find out more about how to enter into a service agreement: 


Alternative tools

Recognizing that some communities may choose not to use SMARTTool, the GCC is enabling the use of other GHG emissions inventory and reporting tools as part of the common approach to carbon neutrality for the purposes of the Climate Action Charter. To ensure methodology, emission factors and outputs from other tools are consistent and comparable with SMARTTool results, a local government choosing to use another inventory and reporting tool will be required to:

  1. Use the same corporate boundaries as described in the Workbook – Helping Local Governments Understand How to be Carbon Neutral in Their Corporate Operations.
  2. Use the same emission factors and methodologies employed by SMARTTool as detailed in the Methodology for Reporting B.C. Local Government Greenhouse Gas Emissions which will be provided to local governments.
  3. Complete and adhere to the SMARTTool business processes checklist.
  4. Report on annual total corporate emissions as calculated and reported by the alternative tool, broken down by fuel type.
  5. Provide CAO/CFO attestation that the actions outlined above were undertaken.
  6. Materials and further information on how to fulfill the requirements for using an alternative tool will be provided as part of the series of upcoming webinars and regional workshops.

Note: other tools are not eligible for the GCC incentive.

Contact Name: 
Jennife Hill Manager, Intergovernmental Initiatives
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