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
Scope 1  28,646 28,198 28,929
Scope 2  16,480 19,967 23,394
Scope 3  10,380 14,094 15,566
Total gross emissions  55,506 62,259 67,889
Carbon offsets  0 0 0
Green tariff  4,336 0 0
Total annual net emissions  51,170 62,259 67,889
Intensity measurement: Tonnes of CO2e per m2 of the estate  0.031 0.038

GHG Emissions Report 2020-2021 overall emissions

Company name

Hampshire County Council is a local authority whose headquarters are based at:

The Castle
SO23 8ZB

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.

Scope 1

  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

Scope 2

  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

Indirect 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
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

Overall total

  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.