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 CO2 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 District Heat and Power and investment in our low carbon infrastructure. We have been very effective for many years with achievements including:

  • Reducing per capita emissions across the Borough by 43.5% on a 2005 baseline.

  • Achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions from domestic energy consumption of 32% between 2005 and 2016.

  • Reducing net emissions from Council activity by 43.2% 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 CO2 emissions resulting in: 

  • increasing use of electric vehicles for essential council business.

  • Wind, solar and heat pump renewable energy installations that have generated almost 1million kWh.

  • Undertaking major investment in low energy, LED street lighting that has reduced emissions by almost 46% 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. 

View the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report - 2017-18.

We have reduced our annual emissions by a further 15.4% (or 3,721 tonnes) from 21,127 tonnes in 2016/17 to 17,879 tonnes of CO2 in 2017/18. This represents a CO2 per household figure of 0.2 tonnes. We have reduced our net emissions by 44.7% 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 31 March 2019, 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.

View the Stockton Council Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) Report 2019


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.