Council Carbon Emissions
The council has produced Carbon Management Plans for the periods 2010 to 2015 and 2015 to 2020. It is currently working on a Carbon Management Plan to cover 2021 to 2030. The Council aims to meet net zero carbon in its own operations by 2030.
The two previous Carbon Management Plans showed how the Council planned to reduce carbon emissions from its buildings and operations. These fulfilled the commitment in the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change, which the Council signed in May 2007. Nottingham declaration - EST.org.uk (nationalarchives.gov.uk).
The new Carbon Management Plan will be updated and in line with Isle of Wight Council’s Climate Emergency Declaration. It will also be aligned with the new Climate and Environment Strategy.
Past plans and calculations
2009 to 2013
There have been several sets of carbon footprint calculations produced for the Council. When the Council produced its first carbon footprint for 2009 to 2010, this included:
- Carbon emissions only;
- council buildings;
- school buildings;
Print or download a breakdown of the 2009 to 2010 carbon emissions (PDF, 12KB, 1 page).
The Council’s carbon emissions during 2009 to 2010 (the baseline year) were calculated at 20,558 tonnes of carbon dioxide (tCO2). The associated energy costs amounting to some £5.5 million.
Following this, calculations using the same method were produced for 2010 to 2013. Print or download the details of the 2009 to 2013 carbon emissions in tonnes of CO2 (tCO2) (PDF, 31KB, 1 page).
In 2014, central Government introduced new rules that meant these figures had to be published in CO2 equivalent (CO2e). This shows the impact of all greenhouse gases and not just carbon dioxide. Print or download the details of the 2009 to 2014 carbon emissions in tCO2e (PDF, 34KB, 1 page).
In 2014, energy management for schools was changed so that schools had control over their own budgets. As a result, the decision was made to no longer include schools in the Council’s carbon footprint. At the same time, air conditioning was removed from council buildings. This meant that this data was no longer included in carbon footprints.
This meant that past carbon footprints also needed to be recalculated in the same way. Print or download the 2009 to 2014 carbon emissions in tonnes of CO2 (tCO2) according to the revised scope (PDF, 7KB, 1 page).
Council’s greenhouse gas emissions
Most of the council’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. Of the 53 Council buildings that must Display Energy Certificates (DECs), 77% fall into B and D or below. This shows considerable scope for improvements in energy efficiency.
Print or download details of the Display Energy Certificates (DECs) scores (PDF, 146KB, 1 page).