Environmental reporting

Company Information

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.

Reporting Period

01 April – 31 March

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 32.44% compared with the 2013-2014 baseline year.

Emissions relating to gas heating decreased by 34.96% compared to the baseline year. This is mainly due to a decrease in the property portfolio and use of the building management system to control heating.

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 33.08% due to driver efficiency training initiatives.

Emissions from electricity (non-street-lighting) have decreased by 27.97%.

Estimated fugitive emissions from air-conditioning plant remains constant.

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 the UK Government.

Organisational Boundary

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.

Operational Scopes

We have measured our scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Base Year

As stated above the base year is 2013-2014 which excludes emissions from schools’ estate.

Results and Operational Scopes

Greenhouse gas emissions 2013-2017 (excluding schools)

Scope 1
Fossil fuel consumption – buildings2819.5975192645.5228219572004.252006
Owned transport1554.25270513631274823.331207.33
Fugitive emissions from refrigeration47.569815647.9066532947.9066532947.9066532847.907
Total Scope 14421.420044056.4294733278.9066532875.4866533261.237
Scope 2
Purchased electricity3765.9328933467.33505237622712.762314.52
Total Scope 212585.0238312279.63031116018614.766687.75
Scope 3
Business Travelnot includednot includednot includednot includednot included
Total emissions (Scope 1 & 2 only)17006.4438716336.0597814879.9066511490.246659948.987


WCC has a corporate target to reduce energy use by 2.5% year on year per £1,000,000 gross revenue expenditure

Intensity Measurement

Using the expenditure for the year 2015-2016, WCC emitted 19.3kg CO2e per £1000 spend.

Carbon Offsets

WCC purchases no carbon credits or Woodland Carbon Units.

Green Tariffs

WCC purchased electricity from totally renewable sources from October 2016 (wind, solar, hydro-electric

Other information

We have an ISO 14001:2015 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 our EMS is: ‘The services and activities delivered by Warwickshire County Council in relation to the built and natural resources of Warwickshire.’

Environmental reporting was last updated on September 11, 2018.