Greenhouse gas emissions
Director's Report 2020 to 2021
|Global tonnes of CO2e
2020 to 2021
|Global tonnes of CO2e
2019 to 2020
|Global tonnes of CO2e
2018 to 2019
|Total gross emissions||55,506||62,259||67,889|
|Total annual net emissions||51,170||62,259||67,889|
|Intensity measurement: Tonnes of CO2e per m2 of the estate||0.031||0.038
- Company name
Hampshire County Council is a local authority whose headquarters are based at:
- Reporting period
1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
- Change in Emissions
Overall, our reported emissions have decreased by 21.67% this year compared to 2019/20.
In the built estate electricity consumption has decreased by 13% since 2019/20. Many buildings have operated at reduced capacity throughout this financial year due to the COVID pandemic and the demand for electricity has decreased over both the schools and corporate estate. Completing energy efficiency initiatives across the built estate and encouraging behavioural change programmes have also contributed to the reductions. There has also been a reduction in both consumption and emissions in streetlighting over the reporting period. As in previous years, a change in electricity conversion factors 2019/20 – 2020/21 (-9%) has resulted in a significant decrease in carbon emissions for purchased electricity than accounted for by the actual consumption. The majority of our corporate sites as well as our street lighting portfolio have been purchasing electricity on a green tariff since the 1st of October 2020, this has reduced our carbon emissions by 4336 tonnes.
Our total Scope 1 emissions, from fleet and pool cars and heating fuels, have increased by 2% from the 2019/20 reporting year. The mileage reported from the Hampshire Transport Management fleet and pool cars has decreased from 2019/20 resulting in a 17% reduction in emissions from this source. This together with the increasing number of electric vehicles in the fleet has seen emissions reduce. In the built estate our heating fuels have seen an increase in consumption on 2019/20. A 4% increase in natural gas consumption across the estate, in some instances, can be linked to an increasing heat demand due to changes in how buildings have been occupied. Reduced occupancy of people and ICT equipment result in lower internal gains of heating, this along with the need for more ventilation due to the COVID pandemic has put a higher demand on heating additional air.
A large reduction in business travel mileage claimed due to more staff working remotely and a 25% reduction in water supply consumption across the estate has led the reduction of our significant Scope 3 emissions.
We have followed the Government's guidance on how to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions. We used the 2020 conversion factors to calculate the figures.
- Organisational boundary
We have used the Financial Control model as the basis to calculate our emissions.
For further details relating to specific areas included in this report, refer to GHG Emissions Report 2020-2021 Inclusions and Exclusions
- Operational scopes
We have measured our scope 1, scope 2 and significant scope 3 emissions.
GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2020 to 2021 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2019 to 2020 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2018 to 2019 Fleet vehicles and pool cars (HTM1) 2,207 2,606 2,514 Fleet vehicles and pool cars (HTM2) 12 56 202 Buildings: natural gas 23,926 22,998 23,296 Buildings: burning oil 387 365 332 Buildings: gas oil 1,671 1,739 2,118 Buildings: LPG 443 436 467 Scope 1 total 28,646 28,198 28,929
GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2020 to 2021 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2019 to 2020 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2018 to 2019 Electricity generation (purchased): buildings 11,937 14,979 17,516 Electricity generation (purchased): street lighting 4,542 4,988 5,878 Scope 2 total 16,480 19,967 23,394
Significant scope 3
GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2020 to 2021 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2019 to 2020 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2018 to 2019 Business travel 1,360 4,395 3,632 Buildings: water supply 208 279 269 Buildings: water treatment 407 546 525
GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2020 to 2021 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2019 to 2020 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2018 to 2019 WTT: fleet vehicles and pool cars (HTM1) 534 622 592 WTT: fleet vehicles and pool cars (HTM2) 3 13 48 WTT: buildings - natural gas (indirect) 3,111 2,991 3,238 WTT: buildings - burning oil (indirect) 81 76 69 WTT: buildings - gas oil (indirect) 383 399 451 WTT: buildings - LPG (indirect) 54 55 59 Transmission and distribution (purchased electricity): buildings 1,027 1,272 1,493 Transmission and distribution (purchased electricity): street lighting 391 423 501 Transmission and distribution - HTM1 N/A 2 0 Transmission and distribution - HTM2 N/A N/A 0 WTT: UK electricity generation: buildings 1,647 2,089 2,598 WTT: UK electricity generation: street lighting 627 696 872 WTT: UK electricity transmissions and distribution: buildings 142 178 222 WTT: UK electricity transmission and distribution: street lighting 54 59 74 WTT: business travel 351 N/A 924 Scope 3 total 10,380 14,094 15,566
GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2020-21 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2019-20 GHG emissions in tonnes of CO2e 2018-19 Overall total 51,170 62,259 67,889
- Geographic breakdown
The figures relate to UK emissions only. Hampshire County Council has no business interests outside of the UK.
- Base year
Following changes in the data collection process, our emissions figures have been restated and therefore 2013/14 is taken as the baseline year.
In March 2018 a target of a 50% reduction from 2010 emissions was agreed by the Building Land and Procurement Panel. To date the reductions are ahead of the plan to achieve a 50% reduction by 2025. Following the declaration of a Climate Emergency in July 2019 a target has been set to be carbon neutral by 2050.
The Assistant Director of Culture, Community and Business Services is responsible for the delivery of the targets set by the County Council.
- Intensity measurement
The intensity measurement is tonnes of CO2e per m2 of the estate as this is the most appropriate way to measure the intensity for the public sector.
This has reduced from 0.038 to 0.031 tonnes of CO2e per m2 of the estate from 2019/20 to 2020/21.
- Carbon offsets
The County Council does not currently purchase carbon offsets.
- Green tariffs
From October 2020, as part of our new gas and electricity contracts, there was the option for our sites to sign up to purchase a renewable electricity tariff. Renewable Electricity Guarantees of Origin (REGO) is a renewable electricity tariff backed by certification that allows for the traceability of energy supply and the opportunity for reporting zero carbon emissions under the Greenhouse Gas reporting protocol (2015). Currently there are 273 active accounts, relating to our corporate estate, in addition to our street lighting portfolio that signed up to the tariff from 1 October 2020.