The Climate Change Act 2008 introduced a legally binding target to reduce the UK's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The reason for this commitment is to reduce the impact of human activity on climate change.
As part of the process of working towards the target in the Climate Change Act, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) requested each local authority, in a letter dated the 28 March 2012, to monitor, record and publish information on GHG emissions from its own estate and operations, i.e. their carbon footprint.
The Borough Council has undertaken this task, in accordance with the joint DECC and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published in September 2009.
Set out below is a summary report of the GHG emissions from the Council's own estate and operations for the period between 2008/09 to 2014/15.
- 2008/09 to 2011/12 GHG Emissions Report
- 2012/13 - total tonnes CO2 3,785
- 2013/14 - total tonnes CO2 2,130. This was the year the Leisure Trust was created and therefore the figures from the leisure centres were only included up until 31st October.
- 2014/15 - total tonnes CO2 436. This now only includes the Council's 3 office buildings