Warwickshire County Council is a Tier 1 English local authority providing a range of educational, social, environmental and other services to 0.5m people in the south east of the West Midlands region. Its main address is Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL.
01 April 2015– 31 March 2016
Change in Emissions
The original base year was 2008-2009 – but this included schools. As many schools have taken on academy status the relationship between the authority and schools has changed significantly. WCC no longer has sufficient accountability/authority regarding schools to be able to accurately report or be realistically responsible for their GHG emissions. Thus a new baseline year of 2013-2014 has been established reflecting non-schools estate only – this will allow reporting to be better targeted at elements over which the authority has control.
The overall emissions total is down by 12.5% compared with the 2013-2014 baseline year.
Emissions relating to gas heating decreased by 30.6% compared to the baseline year. This is mainly due to a decrease in the property portfolio along with another mild winter.
Emissions from street lighting continue to decrease despite further housing / road development. This is due to the implementation of more efficient technology and continued use of part night street lighting.
Emissions from owned transport (white fleet) has decreased by 25.84% due to a decrease in purchased fuel.
Emissions from electricity (non-street-lighting) have decreased by 0.1%.
A (negligible) increase in fugitive emissions from air-conditioning plant is due to a change in relevant conversion factors.
Quantification and Reporting Methodology
We have followed the government’s guidance on how to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions and used conversion factors issues by Defra.
We have used the financial control approach, making use of gross revenue expenditure. The organisational boundary is set as the authority’s property excluding schools.
We have measured our scope 1 and 2 emissions.
As stated above the base year is 2013-2014 which excludes emissions from schools’ estate.
Results and Operational Scopes
WCC Greenhouse gas emissions 2013/2016 excluding Schools
WCC has a corporate target to reduce energy use by 2.5% year on year per £1,000,000 gross revenue expenditure
Using the expenditure for the year 2015-2016, WCC emitted 31.47kg CO2e per £1000 spend.
WCC purchases no carbon credits or Woodland Carbon Units
WCC did not purchase green electricity for the reporting period 2015-2016. However from October 2016 WCC will be purchasing electricity from totally renewable sources (wind, solar, hydro-electric)
WCC has an environmental management system (EMS) in place which is certified by an independent assessment organisation that is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The scope of WCC’s EMS is ‘The services and activities delivered by Warwickshire County Council in relation to the built and natural resources of Warwickshire.’