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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 lead by example in reducing CO2 emissions from across Stockton-on-Tees and deliver year on year reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, in the pursuit of a low carbon community. In order to achieve this, we continue to invest in measures that reduce the Council’s carbon emissions, and as an example in 2018 we generated our 1 millionth kWh of renewable energy from solar, wind and ground source heat pumps. We have prioritised tackling climate change since 2000 and delivered significant achievements including:
- Reducing net emissions from Council activity by 51.1% since 2013
- Reducing CO2 emissions from domestic energy consumption of 35% between 2005 and 2017.
- Emissions from business mileage have seen a reduction of 43.6% since 2012 as measures to bring those costs down continue to be effective.
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 generate renewable energy for our use and save the Council money.
- CO2e emissions from the 28,000 lighting assets has reduced by 76% since 2012
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
Under the ‘Emissions Reduction Pledge 2020’ which the Council is committed to, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) require Local Authorities to report the emissions from their own estate and operations by 31 October each year. 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.
We have reduced our annual emissions by a further 11.5% (or 2,055 tonnes) from 17,879 tonnes in 2017/18 to 15,8245 tonnes of CO2 in 2018/19. This represents a CO2 per household figure of 0.17 tonnes.
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.
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.