Council greenhouse gas emissions
We are committed to managing and reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are generated as a result of the energy and fuel we use while delivering services.
The main uses of energy and fuel in the Council are for:
- heating and powering over 300 buildings and schools
- lighting 30,000 streetlight across Gateshead
- fueling around 500 council vehicles
- employee travel whilst at work
We are also responsible for a small amount of methane generation, which is a potent greenhouse gas, from the five closed landfill sites we manage.
We have committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 35% over 7 years, from 2009 to 2016.
The tables below show how much we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions since 2007/8, measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide, or CO2.
Gateshead Council: Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007/8 to 2013/14
As of March 2013, actual greenhouse gas emissions from Gateshead Council operations are 12.7% lower than in 2007/8.
Accounting for variability in annual temperatures, weather-corrected emissions are 12.6% lower.
Excluding landfill gas, emissions from all other sources are down by 16% overall, however, an increase in landfill gas emissions from one site in 2013/14 has offset this reduction, meaning overall weather corrected emissions remain in line with last year.
|Total GHG emissions, tonnes CO2||46553||49890||47954||48170||42291||43229||40619||39433|
|Change from 2007/8||0.0%||7.2%||3.0%||3.5%||-9.2%||-7.1%||-12.7%||-15.3%|
|Weather corrected emissions||47463||48669||47466||47066||43949||41750||41491||41412|
|Change from 2007/8||0.0%||2.5%||0.0%||-0.8%||-7.4%||-12%||-12.6%||-12.7%|
Breaking this down into the main areas of energy and fuel use, we can see where progress is being made, as follows:
- Gas consumption increased despite the mild winter, largely due to the billing of some gas volume from 2013/14 in 2014/15 instead.
- Streetlights electricity use fell by 15.4% compared to last year, as effect of energy efficiency lighting replacement took effect.
- An 11% increase in carbon content of UK electricity offset any improvement seen from electricity reductions.
- Business travel has remained steady down 54% since 2007/08.
- Fleet transport saw another drop of 5% in fuel use overall, from the continued reduced operations in refuse collection, grounds maintenance and plant equipment (grounds maintenance and construction).
- Last year's significant increase in landfill gas emissions has dropped substantially, by around 37%, but is still up 5% on 2007/08, as flaring becomes unviable at some sites, as the gas production drops off.
The table below details the change in emissions from these sources over the past 7 years.
|Source of carbon emissions||2008/9||2009/10||2010/11||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14||2014/15||Percent change since 2007/8|
|Natural gas - buildings||15,609||14,944||14,655||12,111||13,850||12,191||12,059||-18.33%|
|Natural gas - buildings (weather corrected)||14,618||14,687||13,768||13,989||12,570||13,062||14,038||-10.5%|
|Electricity - buildings||16,314||15,521||16,235||14,738||14,509||13,268||14,561||-2.17%|
|Electricity - streetlights||8,518||8,417||8,483||7,837||7,355||6,151||5,328||-32.8%|
|Annual Degree Days*||2,505||2,387||2,497||2,031||2,585||2,155||1,968||n/a|
* degree days are used to measure the amount of heating demand, when outside temps are below 15 degrees C - high numbers mean cold winter (for example, 2008/9 - 2010/11), low number mean mild winters (2007/8 and 2011/12