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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have requested that, as from July 2011, Local Authorities report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in such a way as to align with the GHG Protocol - the internationally recognised standard for corporate accounting and reporting of GHG emissions.

Since 2009 the Council has reported carbon emissions from its own estate and operations in order to monitor progress in meeting its target of a 34% reduction by April 2020, compared to the baseline year of 2009-10. To ensure that this target is met the Council has a Climate Change Action Plan to address climate change at a local level and acknowledge international and national targets on carbon dioxide reductions.  The Action Plan identifies a number of themes, including “improving energy usage in Council buildings, fleet and services”, and the headway towards this goal is set out below.   

GHG emissions data

The reporting takes into account the whole range of GHG arising from our estate and operations, not only carbon dioxide emissions. A range of different conversion factors have had to be used; the resultant figures will be expressed as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

It should be noted that this report provides GHG emissions data (CO2e) for the reporting period 2012/13 and also includes updated emission data from last year’s report (covering years 2009/10 to 2011/12) following the issue of the latest GHG emission guidance and conversion factors guidance by Defra (last updated June 2013). http://www.ukconversionfactorscarbonsmart.co.uk/

The following tables and supporting explanations will follow a standard format prescribed by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in its formal technical guidance: Measuring and reporting environmental impacts: guidance for businesses

 

Kg of CO2e*

Base Year:

1st April 2009 –

31st March 2010

1st April 2010 –

31st March 2011

1st April 2011 –

31st March 2012

1st April 2012 –

31st March 2013

Scope 1 (Direct emissions)

Emissions resulting from gas usage in Council owned buildings

151,071

149,978

129,582

152,973

Emissions from Council owned vehicles

277,338

210,229

223,597

229,841

Total scope 1

428,409

360,207

353,179

382,814

Scope 2 (Energy indirect)

Emissions resulting from electricity usage in Council owned and managed buildings

420,726

400,629

381,707

383,919

Total scope 2

420,726

400,629

381,707

383,919

Scope 3 (Other indirect) 

Emissions resulting from energy consumption (both electricity and gas) in Council outsourced properties (Tandridge Leisure)

855,712

767,689

717,260

760,010

Emissions resulting from refuse collection

796,686

753,836

818,932

748,902

Emissions resulting from business travel

107,894

124,672

72,326

77,570

Total scope 3

1,760,292

1,646,197

1,608,518

1,586,482

 

Total gross emissions (kg CO2e)

2,609,427

2,407,033

2,343,404

2,353,215

Total gross emissions (Tonnes CO2e)

2,609

2,407

2,343

2,353

 

*including updated figures from previous years using new emissions factors issued by Defra, June 2013.
Supporting explanations

Company Information

The above GHG report covers emissions from Tandridge District Council's estate and operations, including those buildings owned by the Council but managed by others (e.g. Leisure Centres; Community Centres), generated during the provision of Local Authority related activities.

Reporting period

1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013

Change in emissions

The analysis shows that there has been a 9.8% reduction in greenhouse gasses emitted from Council operations since the base year due to a number of energy efficiency measures that have been installed and raising awareness amongst staff about saving energy. Despite the Council selling off the Soper Hall in Caterham, on 25th May 2013 and therefore not including their carbon emissions after that date there has been a slight increase in energy usage by the Council.  The increase in energy usage is largely due to maximising usage of Council buildings and the very cold winter. 

Approach

Tandridge Council have followed the Government’s Guidance on how to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions.

Operational scopes

The Council have measured our scope 1, 2 and significant scope 3 emissions which are listed in the table. 

Base Year

2009-10 was chosen as the baseline year, in line with reporting requirements for National Indicator 185: “Carbon emissions from Local Authority Estate and Operations”. 

Target

The Council’s draft Climate Change Action Plan sets a 34% reduction target for CO2 emissions.