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Greenhouse gas emissions

 

Greenhouse gas emissions from our estate and operations

Somerset County Council is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and climate change.

To monitor and manage the Council’s carbon footprint, data is collected and verified from a variety of sources. 

The data is converted by the relevant DEFRA CO2e conversion factor for each reporting year, and is categorised by scope e.g. Scope 1, 2 or 3 emissions. 

Scope 1 (Direct emissions): Activities owned or controlled by an organisation that release emissions straight into the atmosphere. Examples of scope 1 emissions include emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, owned or controlled vehicles.

Scope 2 (Energy indirect): Emissions being released into the atmosphere associated with the consumption of purchased electricity, heat, steam and cooling. These are indirect emissions that are a consequence of an organisation’s activities but which occur at sources that an organisation does not control. The most common type of scope 2 emission is electricity purchased for own consumption from the National Grid or third party.

Scope 3 (other indirect): Emissions are discretionary to include that are a consequence of an organisations actions, which occurs at sources which an organisation does not own or control and which are not classified by scope 2 emissions. Examples of scope 3 emissions include business travel not owned of controlled by an organisation (e.g. public transport), commuting, use of grey fleet (i.e. use of employee’s own cars), emissions from contractors, and supply chain procurement.

Somerset County Council’s baseline year is the financial year 2010-11 to correspond with the County Plan 2010-17.  Reducing the Council’s carbon footprint is a key priority in the plan and performance is monitored throughout the year.

Since 2010, the Council has implemented a Sustainable Business Travel Policy, invested in energy efficiency improvements across its property estate and street lighting and will continue to ensure energy is being managed effectively to reduce the Council’s environmental impact and to manage bottom line spend on energy.  

Source

(2010/11) tCO2e

2011/12 tCO2e

2012/13 tCO2e

2013/14 tCO2e

2014/15 tCO2e

Percentage Change against baseline

 Scope 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property Estate- Natural Gas

13585.55

9224.00

9866.47

10088.46

9156.16

-0.33

SCC Owned vehicles

1226.25

1142.85

799.18

1138.33

1059.96

-0.14

Total Scope 1

14811.80

10366.85

10665.65

11226.79

10216.11

-0.31

Scope 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street lighting

10566.90

9551.03

9989.68

9832.19

10697.28

0.01

Property Estate

14907.84

12109.97

13917.60

13492.89

14143.45

-0.05

Total Scope 2

25474.74

21661.00

23907.29

23325.08

24840.73

-0.02

Scope 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transmission & Distribution- Electricity

2051.37

1839.08

1888.59

1994.37

2172.17

0.06

Air

6.40

2.87

6.32

2.58

1.63

-0.74

Train

27.33

24.48

26.34

35.06

26.66

-0.02

Hotel

10.95

7.22

10.36

12.39

11.04

0.01

Employees own vehicle. Vehicle type not recorded on SAP.

2095.22

1196.08

1530.58

1602.01

991.25

-0.53

SWOne- Employee Own vehicles

153.01

124.27

94.10

87.21

53.96

-0.65

Total Scope 3

4344.28

3194.00

3556.30

3733.62

3256.72

-0.25

Total emissions

44630.82

35221.85

38129.24

38285.50

38313.56

-0.14


Information and Resources

Sharing information on greenhouse has emissions from local authority own estate and operations (previously NI 185) Click here.

Measuring and reporting environmental impacts: guidance for businesses Click here

Environmental Reporting Guidelines: Including mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting guidance Click here

Contacts

Contact: Energy Management Team

Address: Somerset County Council, Business Development, County Hall, TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Email: energysaving@somerset.gov.uk

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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