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Carbon Emissions Reporting

Currently the reporting of Carbon Emission is voluntary for organisations. The reporting of scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions are recommended as a minimum basis for achieving net zero carbon.

ScopeEmissions Type21-22Percentage of Total Emissions20-21Percentage of Total Emissions
Scope 1Heating117.195.6%123.329.08%
 Authority's Fleet761.1436.3%918.0667.63%
Scope 2Electricity232.8911.1%255.0418.79%
Scope 3Staff Business Travel33.391.6%25.481.88%
 Outsourced Scope 3954.5545.5%35.512.62%
Total Emissions2,099.16100%1357.41100.00%

* Outsourced scope 3 - in 20/21 this only included mileage for the Street cleansing and grounds maintenance vehicles. However in 2021/22 we also included the energy consumption of the leisure centres.

Scope 1 and 2 includes:

  • Corporate Property Sites
  • Leisure Centres
  • Street Lighting
  • Electric vehicle mileage
  • Fleet
  • Any other buildings or energy consuming assets owned or operated by the authority e.g., entertainment halls, museums, public conveniences, depots.

Scope 3 includes:

  • Emissions from leased assets, investments, and franchises that are excluded from the company’s organisational boundary but that the company partially or wholly owns or controls.

We have included the scope 1 and 2 information for the 2021-22 reporting year and some scope 3 information. The scope 3 information relates to mileage for street cleansing and parks and open spaces vehicles (this is carried out by a 3rd party contractor on behalf of Allerdale Borough Council). We have also included the energy usage for our Leisure Centres which are run on behalf of the Council by Better.

The Council use a template to record the emissions generated from its operations. The gas and electricity usage for buildings is entered in KWH and this is converted using the UK Government Conversion Factors into carbon emissions. Vehicle mileage is entered by engine size and fuel type and the emissions are calculated using a conversion factor (an arithmetical multiplier for converting a quantity expressed in one set of units into an equivalent expressed in another).

The charts below summarise the emissions for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

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