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Corporate performance reporting

We have been accounting Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2008 and reporting them since 2011. GHG emissions associated with our organisational boundary are included and categorized as Scope 1 (direct emissions), Scope 2 (required emissions), Scope 3 (other indirect) and Outside of Scopes (biofuel emissions) as described on table below.

Scope 1

Direct GHG emissions  from sources that are owned or controlled by Council for example, emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers, furnaces, vehicles etc.

Generation of electricity heat or steam (Gas oil, kerosene, natural gas and LPG).

Transportation of materials and employees (fleet vehicles).


Scope 2

Indirect GHG emissions from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by assets under our organisational boundaries. The indirect emissions are produced outside the Council boundaries (i.e. at a power plant level) but since we have control over consumption and can improve it with energy conservation measures, scope 2 emissions are allocated to our building portfolio.

Purchased grid electricity (Building usage, water pumps and street lighting).


Scope 3

Scope 3 emissions are a consequence of the activities of the Council, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by it.

Transmission and distribution (T&D) – generation of electricity consumed in a T&D system.

Outsourced transport activities (transportation of waste, transport service for schools).

Business travelling (Vehicle leasing services).


In 2016-17, our total net GHG emissions was 26,323 tCO2eq (excluding biomass), a 6.3% decrease compared to last financial year (2015-16) and a 19% decrease compared to our recalculated base year (2011-12).


Total absolute net emissions by scope

The most significant source of emissions come from building energy use, representing 79% of total net emissions, followed by outsourced transport service for schools (8%) and outsourced waste transport service (5%).



BCC GHG emissions breakdown for 2016-17


Download the BCC DBEIS Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2016-17 

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