Carbon reduction

Wandsworth Council's annual carbon footprint

The Council is required to participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (the CRC). This involves the reporting of carbon emissions from Council activities and the purchase of credits to cover these emissions.

The carbon footprint of Council activities is published on this page in a slightly different format to that used for the CRC (including emissions from some transport). This is so that the information can be used by Government and residents to compare Wandsworth with other Local Authorities, public bodies and businesses who will use similar methodologies.

Wandsworth Council's Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2015/16


tCO2e* 2015 to 2016
SCOPE 1 - Direct Emissions  
 Fuels combustion
7,930.38
 Owned transport
327.86
 Fugitive emissions (Gas leaks from pressurised appliances)
Emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration units in office building are excluded due to the cost of data collection.
TOTAL SCOPE 1
8,258.25
 SCOPE 2 - Indirect Energy
Consumption of purchased electricity
9,276.67
TOTAL SCOPE 2
9,276.67
 SCOPE 3 - Other Indirect Energy
 Business travel
92.29
TOTAL SCOPE 3
92.29
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Total GHG (tCO2e*)
17,627.21

*An explanation of tCO2e (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent")

Reporting period

1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

Methodology

This report follows the DEFRA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Guidance. The 2015 emission factors have been used.

The vast majority of data used to compile this report is from 2015/16.  In a few cases the data used for some buildings is 2014/15. Efforts are being made to update this where possible. It is not thought to make a material difference to the figures reported.

The large drop in carbon emissions in 2015/16 is largely due to a number of sites (20) that had been included in the 2014/15 count leaving council control. This included 15 schools that have become academies. It is also affected by a number of sites being transferred to Enable Leisure & Culture - responsible for operating the council's parks and events -midway through the year, so only 6 months of usage is included 2015/16 calculation. It is therefore not advised to use this data for year-on-year comparison.

Carbon emissions in previous years

Carbon emissions 2014/15


tCO2e* 2014 to 2015
SCOPE 1 - Direct Emissions
 Fuels combustion
11,214.16
 Owned transport
738.46
 Fugitive emissions (Gas leaks from pressurised appliances)
Emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration units in office building are excluded due to the cost of data collection.
TOTAL SCOPE 1
11,952.62
 SCOPE 2 - Indirect Energy
Consumption of purchased electricity
15,008.72
TOTAL SCOPE 2 15,008.72
 SCOPE 3 - Other Indirect Energy
 Business travel
99.56
TOTAL SCOPE 3
99.56
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Total GHG (tCO2e*)
27,060.90

Carbon emissions 2013/14


tCO2e* 2013 to 2014
SCOPE 1 - Direct Emissions  
 Fuels combustion
12,296.61
 Owned transport
692.68
 Fugitive emissions (Gas leaks from pressurised appliances)
Emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration units in office building are excluded due to the cost of data collection.
TOTAL SCOPE 1
 12,989.30
 SCOPE 2 - Indirect Energy
Consumption of purchased electricity
13,551.80
TOTAL SCOPE 2
13,551.80
 SCOPE 3 - Other Indirect Energy
 Business travel
109.91
TOTAL SCOPE 3
109.91
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Total GHG (tCO2e*)
26,651.01

Carbon emissions 2012/13


tCO2e* 2012 to 2013
SCOPE 1 - Direct Emissions
 Fuels combustion
12,064.95
 Owned transport
678.38
 Fugitive emissions (Gas leaks from pressurised appliances)
Emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration units in office building are excluded due to the cost of data collection.
TOTAL SCOPE 1
12,743.33
SCOPE 2 - Indirect Energy
Consumption of purchased electricity
18,947.77
TOTAL SCOPE 2

 SCOPE 3 - Other Indirect Energy
 Business travel
125.91
TOTAL SCOPE 3
125.91
Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 Total GHG (tCO2e*)
31,817.01

The table below lists Wandsworth's CO2 emissions up to 2011/12. Please note that these figures are based on the previous guidance for national indicator NI185 and are not directly comparable with the later data above.

Emissions  Tonnes of CO2e  

2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09 (baseline year)
Emissions from building and street lights 35,988.66 34,491.59 34,588.79 34,664.39
Emissions from transport* 2796.88 3470.29 4,561.60 2,956,347
Emissions from private travel n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Gross Emissions 38,785.54 37,961.88 39,070.40 37,620.73
Carbon Offsets n/a n/a n/a n/a
Green Tariff n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Annual Net Emissions 38,785.54 TBC 37,961.88 TBC 39,070.40 TBC 37,620.73

*Excluding emissions from council operated buses and including contractors' vehicles

If you want to find out more about how these figures were calculated, email: policy@wandsworth.gov.uk