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 below 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. The 2020-21 data has now been collated and our updated Carbon Calculator for 2020-21 is below along with the previous year's calculators for comparison.
2020-2021 Carbon Calculator
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!