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Corporate sustainability

Corporate sustainability

The Council is committed to becoming a more resource efficient organisation, whilst at the same time acting to protect and enhance the environment.  We have produced a high level sustainability action plan that sets out how we will achieve this, by identifying key activities for the next three years.  This will allow Buckinghamshire County Council, along with residents and key partners, to prioritise areas of focus for improving resource efficiency.

During 2012/13 we worked with the Carbon Trust and staff across the Council to write a detailed plan showing how we can lessen the financial impacts of rising energy and fuel costs. This 5 year plan details how the Council will reduce emissions from its buildings and business mileage. For a short overview, please click below:

Carbon Management Overview - DOC

Investing in Energy Efficiency

Since 2009 we have had a dedicated ring-fenced energy efficiency loan fund (Salix). This is used to finance measures such as cavity, loft and pipe work insulation, boiler control systems and more energy efficient lighting in our buildings. As of April 2012 these projects were calculated to result in £8million in savings over the lifetime of the projects.

Investing in Renewable Energy

We have installed 5 solar PV systems on BCC sites since December 2011. These are calculated to generate over £300,000 in Feed in Tariff income over 25 years and save over £90,000 in electricity savings over 25 years.  In addition we have installed a small number of biomass boilers and have plans to replace more oil boilers with biomass.

Greenhouse gas report 2015-16

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has been accounting GHG emissions since 2008 and reporting them since 2011. In early 2012, the Council worked closely with Carbon Trust to develop a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) establishing a 10% absolute reduction in CO2 by April 2017 compared to 2011-2012.

Download the greenhouse gas emission report 2015-16 - PDF

In 2015-2016 BCC total net GHG emissions was 28,124 tCO2eq (excluding biomass), a 2.1% decreasecompared to last financial year (2014-2015)* and a 8% decrease compared to the Council recalculated base year showing that our 10% CMP target is being achieved according to plan as shown below.

To ensure a like for like comparison, base year was recalculated to reflect BCC portfolio changes and adjustments in GHG emissions accounting and reporting. However the remaining financial years were not recalculated to maintain consistent information from previous reports.

*To ensure a like for like comparison, GHG emissions based on energy consumption (i.e. Electricity and fossil fuels) in 2014-2015 were recalculated to reflect current building portfolio. Total absolute emissions include the original value to ensure consistency from previous reports.

GHG

Total absolute net emissions by scope against recalculated target

Substantial GHG emissions savings have been achieved largely due to investments in high level energy efficiency projects; optimisation of transportation routes and policies; cleaner fuels for heating purposes; and changes in our internal business transport policy.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

This scheme is a mandatory, energy saving and carbon emissions reduction scheme for the UK. It is an incentive to improve energy efficiency and help large private and public sector organisations generate cost savings through reduced energy bills.


We are eligible for CRC and monitor our emissions and will need to purchase allowances to emit carbon dioxide (CO2). The more CO2 an organisation emits, the more allowances it will need to purchase, so there is a direct incentive to reduce emissions.

Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) has been accounting GHG emissions since 2008 and reporting them since 2011. In early 2012, the Council worked closely with Carbon Trust to develop a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) establishing a 10% absolute reduction in CO2 by April 2017 compared to 2011-2012.

In 2015-2016 BCC total net GHG emissions was 28,124 tCO2eq (excluding biomass), a 2.1% decreasecompared to last financial year (2014-2015)* and a 8% decrease compared to the Council recalculated base year showing that our 10% CMP target is being achieved according to plan as shown below.

To ensure a like for like comparison, base year was recalculated to reflect BCC portfolio changes and adjustments in GHG emissions accounting and reporting. However the remaining financial years were not recalculated to maintain consistent information from previous reports.

Total absolute net emissions by scope against recalculated target

Substantial GHG emissions savings have been achieved largely due to investments in high level energy efficiency projects; optimisation of transportation routes and policies; cleaner fuels for heating purposes; and changes in our internal business transport policy.

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