The purpose of creating climate accounts is to give the municipalities an overview of the greenhouse gas load that is associated with a number of different activities within the municipal boundary. The accounts can be used as a strategic tool to set municipal climate targets, as a planning and prioritization tool to reduce emissions from the most climate-damaging activities first, and as a tool
to monitor the effect of reduction measures. The accounts are a tool for assessing the municipal contribution to achieving the EU’s climate goals and the Danish government’s climate goals.
The climate account can also be used as a basis for reporting greenhouse gas emissions and carbon stocks in the Baseline Emissions Inventory (BEI), which is used by the Covenant of
Mayors network, and in the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the CIRIS format, which used by the network C40.