Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Each year, we will publish our Greenhouse Gas Emissions report for the previous financial year. The 2012-13 Greenhouse Gas Emissions report shows that our emissions have decreased on the 2011-12 figures. This is good news and reflects some of the changes made in our building stock and how we manage our energy usage.

All local authorities are asked to report their Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and these are collated by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and a table of emissions from all local authorities published.

We have followed the UK Government's (DEFRA and DECC) guidance on how to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions, and used the 2012 conversion factors. We include the following greenhouse gases (GHG) in this, our direct carbon footprint report: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O). Emissions from all of these gases are expressed as CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions, as recommended by the guidance.

This guidance is recommended for use by businesses and organisations, as well as local authorities. We would encourage all relevant businesses and organisations to measure their carbon footprint, as understanding emissions is important when acting to reduce them.

We have strived to achieve understandable and meaningful reports, whilst also meeting the reporting requirements set by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Our reports contain a carbon intensity measurement, based on the number of full-time equivalent employees at the Council. This intensity measurement is used to place our carbon footprint in an organisational context.

We have also included a carbon footprint profile, clearly showing the distribution of our carbon emissions. The 2013-14 profile is reproduced here:

Green House Emisions for Worcester City Council for 2013-14

If you have any questions about Worcester City Council's organisational carbon footprint and the reports published here, please don't hesitate to contact Gemma Poxon, Strategy & Transformation, on 01905 722050 or gemma.poxon@worcester.gov.uk.