Our Carbon Footprint

In May 2019 SSDC recognised a climate emergency and committed to being carbon neutral by 2030.

 

To achieve this goal we needed to understand our annual carbon footprint. SSDC used a carbon calculator to calculate this and the infographic at the bottom of the page shows that in 2018-19 our net emissions of C02 equivalent were 1,650 tonnes. 

 

The carbon calculator will be used to complete annual reviews to ensure we are moving towards carbon neutrality by 2030. To achieve this, each year we need to reduce our annual carbon by 10% accumulatively. During 2019-2020, we achieved over 10% carbon reduction. 

2021-2022 Carbon Calculator Review
SSDC have seen an incredible 26% reduction in carbon emissions on the previous financial year, 2020-2021!

2021-2022 carbon calculator FINAL.png

One of the ways to reduce carbon emissions is to use electricity exclusively generated from renewable energy technologies, so in April 2021 the decision was taken to switch SSDC’s electricity to 100% renewable energy supply, which only includes generation from wind, solar and hydro power. This energy switch was responsible for the largest reduction in carbon emissions.

Recently, much of the Council’s front-line services have returned to pre-covid delivery mechanisms and as a result, SSDC did see an uplift in LPG and electricity usage.

 

Across the coming year, the Council are implementing a number of projects and decarbonisation works, including the installation of solar PV across the SSDC estate, and replacing a number of diesel vehicles with Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel, as an interim to switching to electric vehicles. This drop-in replacement for diesel is made from recycled cooking oil, with up to 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions​. 

 

Research is also currently taking place into switching fossil-fuel powered tools to battery operated ones and SSDC are hoping to explore the use of biogas in place of LPG to continue to meet our 10% reduction target for 2022/23!

2020-2021 Carbon Calculator Review

The latest calculation from 2020-2021 saw a 6% reduction in CO2e, which is lower than our target.

 

Although the period includes times when our offices and leisure centres were closed due to the pandemic, there was increased utilisation of some SSDC buildings due to occupation by Avon & Somerset police 24/7 who now rent part of the Brympton Way building. Also, CO2 emissions from gas usage has increased, influenced by increased use of the Crematorium over the last year. Another factor was during lockdown our Environmental Services and Countryside colleagues had to use separate vehicles to carry out their work in order to be covid safe.

 

Actions proposed for 2021-2022 will get us back on track. Installation of improved insulation, additional PV and air source heat pumps from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme grant will reduce gas and oil use in our highest use buildings and in turn reduce SSDC's CO2e emissions. Staff will also be encouraged to continue reducing their travel for meetings by replacing them with virtual communication technology wherever possible. Electricity emissions will also decrease due to our switch to a renewable energy tariff. All of these will contribute to us being on target or better next year!

2018 - 2019 Carbon Calculator baseline

Updated carbon calculator graphic.jpg

2019 - 2020 Carbon Calculator 

Updated carbon calculator graphic (1).jp