Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2012-13

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have requested that, as from July 2011, Local Authorities report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in such a way as to align with the GHG Protocol - the internationally recognised standard for corporate accounting and reporting of GHG emissions.

Since 2010 the Council has reported carbon emissions from its own estate and operations in order to both monitor and publicise progress in meeting its target of a 30% reduction by April 2014, compared to the baseline year of 2008-9. The progress towards this goal, along with information about activities and difficulties have been captured in some detail in the Council Energy Performance web page.

GHG emissions data

The new form of reporting takes into account the whole range of GHG arising from our estate and operations, not only carbon dioxide emissions. A range of different conversion factors have had to be used; the resultant figures will be expressed as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

The use of up-to-date conversion factors, combined with other factors which account for the decreasing carbon intensity of grid electricity, means that there are some small differences when comparing the previous style report to this new GHG report.

The following tables and supporting explanations will follow a standard format prescribed by DEFRA/DECC in its formal technical guidance: Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions. September 2009 (DEFRA website). All conversion factors used have been sourced from the recommended "2012 greenhouse gas conversion factors for company reporting" spread sheet at the website. 

GHG emissions data for period 1 April to 31 March 2013
Global tonnes of CO2e
 2012/13  2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 Base year 2008/9
Scope 1  1809  1599 1600 1625 1769
Scope 2  938  994 1134 1261 1360
Scope 3  2193 1777  2200 2297 2250
Total gross emissions  4939  4370 4934 5183 5379
Carbon offsets  0 0 0 0
Green tariff  0  0 0 0 0
Total annual net emissions  4939  4370 4934 5183 5379

Supporting explanations

  1. The above GHG report covers emissions from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council's estate and operations, including those from buildings owned by the Council but managed by others (e.g. Community Centres), and those generated from outsourced activities (e.g. Reigate and Banstead's leisure centres are outsourced to Greenwich Leisure Ltd).

  2. Reporting period - 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013

  3. Change in emissions - GHG emissions have increased by 13.0% this year compared to last, but reduced 8.2% from the baseline year (2008-9). Four specific reasons account for this:

    • unusually cold year (degree days at 15.5 degrees C were 2329.5 as compared to 1725.5 for the previous year)

    • Horley Leisure Centre was commissioned

    • old boilers at the Harlequin Theatre (half of which were obsolete) were replaced for new

    • a new recycling fleet/regime has been introduced, which although successfully increasing recycling rates, has also increased fleet fuel consumption. 

  4. Approach - the Council has followed the Government's Guidance on how to measure GHG emissions

  5. Organisational boundary - the Council has used the financial control approach to GHG reporting

  6. Operational scopes - the Council has measured its scope 1,2 and significant scope 3 emissions (excluding employee commuting), see table below.

  7. Base year - 2008-9 was chosen as the baseline year, in line with reporting requirements for National Indicator 185: "Carbon emissions from Local Authority Estate and Operations

  8. Targets - the Council's Carbon Management Plan sets a 30% reduction target for CO2 emissions. This will remain and the progress towards this goal will be converted into GHG emissions for reporting on this page.

  9. Renewable energy - Horley Leisure Centre: the 500MW wood chip boiler generated 550 MWh of heat (displacing gas use); 21 MWh PV electricity was generated and consumed on site. 

GHG emissions 2012-13 (tonnes CO2e) Inclusions/Exclusions
Scope 1
Gas consumption 494
Owned transport 1314
Total scope 1 1808
Scope 2
Purchased electricity 938
Total scope 2 938
Significant scope 3
Leisure Centres 2152 Emissions from outsourced provision of leisure centres
Business travel 41 Public transport + grey fleet
Employee commuting Not calculated
Total significant scope 3 2193