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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Energy and Emissions Reporting

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The need to better manage energy consumption and CO2 emissions has never been more important with the significant impact this has on climate change, as well as the financial savings that can be made by using resources more efficiently.

 

Constantly cutting carbon

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council aims to contribute and support activity to reduce CO2e emissions from across Stockton-on-Tees and lead by example, towards the goal of a low carbon community. In order to achieve this, we continue to invest in measures that reduce the Council’s carbon emissions, for example the ongoing development of three, large scale District Heat and Power schemes . We have been very effective for many years with achievements including:

  • Reducing per capita emissions across the Borough by 14% on a 2005 baseline

  • Achieving a reduction in CO2e emissions from domestic energy consumption of 30% between 2005 and 2015

  • Reducing net emissions from Council activity by 33% on our 2009 baseline

We constantly assess the amount of energy we use in our buildings, transport fleet and street lighting to find out where we can cut back on CO2e emissions resulting in: 

  • increasing use of electric vehicles for essential council business

  • 31 renewable energy installations that have generated 709,906 kWh.

  • Improving over 3000 private sector properties with insulation and energy efficiency measures, resulting in financial savings of £6.2m since installation first began in 2012

  • Undertaking major investment in low energy, LED street lighting that has reduced emissions by almost 40% per annum

Our progress in carbon reduction is monitored on an annual basis and results are described in the report on greenhouse gas emissions below.

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) reporting

By 31 July each year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) require Local Authorities to report the emissions from their own estate and operations. The information is published in a format requested by BEIS, based on the document ‘Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions’ and is required to be published online. 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report - 2016-17

We have reduced our annual emissions by a further 13.4% (or 3,264 tonnes) from 24,391 tonnes in 2015/16 to 21,127 tonnes of CO2e in 2016/17. This represents a CO2e per household figure of 0.259 tonnes. We have reduced our net emissions by 34.6% in just four years, also leading to significant efficiency savings.

 

Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting

The Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 requires all councils to report to DECC every two years on the progress in improving the energy efficiency of domestic housing. Our latest published HECA report, for 30 March 2017, is reported to the government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and can be accessed via the link below. It outlines the progress that has been made across the Borough over the last two years in reducing carbon emissions, improving the energy efficiency of domestic properties and tackling fuel poverty.

The Council's Environment Policy Team are happy to discuss any of the issues covered within these documents, as well as advise on how you can do your bit to improve the environment and promote low carbon and affordable warmth.

Stockton Council Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Report 2015-2017

 

Local Authority Energy Index

We participate in the Local Authority Energy Efficiency Index, a pilot tool allowing Council’s to benchmark their energy efficiency progress against other areas, and find ways to overcome barriers they may be facing. The tool scores 25 UK Local Authorities on a range number of indicators including domestic energy efficiency, community schemes, energy management within their own estate and the energy infrastructure that they manage. More information can be found on the Local Authority Energy Index website.