Monitoring our carbon footprint

April 20, 2021

Woking Borough Council’s annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions report

Each year Woking Borough Council records information on the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) produced from its own buildings and operations. The information helps us better understand the environmental impact of sites or vehicles integral to the public services that the Council provides.

By recording this data, we are able to monitor progress against actions within our climate change strategy – Woking 2050 – relating to reducing energy consumption; improving energy efficiency; and increasing the proportion of energy derived from local renewables.

The data is also important in measuring how we’re doing against our carbon neutral targets. On 25 July 2019, the Council declared a climate and ecological emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 across its own estate and operations. You can find out more about this here. Energy use is the biggest contributor to the Council’s carbon footprint. The CEAP includes actions around improving energy efficiency and decarbonising energy supplies.

The data in our annual GHG report helps us monitor our commitment to reduce and eventually eliminate emissions against a baseline year of 2018/19. The latest report covers the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and shows that emissions reduced by 11% on 2018/19 levels. The full report is available here.

Ever wondered what your carbon footprint is?

There are lots of free to use online tools out there to help individuals measure their carbon footprint. By thinking about how you travel, what you buy and the energy you use, you can work out your environmental impact and find out handy tips on how you might be able to become more sustainable.

A few carbon footprint calculators we’ve come across include:

www.footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/

www.footprintcalculator.org/food1

www.carbon-calculator.org.uk

And if you’re a local business, you might be interested in this tool developed by Woking Environment Action. It’s designed for small and medium sized businesses to help them better understand their carbon footprint and how they might be able to reduce their emissions. The calculator is free to use and can be tailored to your specific business needs. By inputting your business emissions data, the tool can highlight where reductions can be made and make suggestions for sustainable improvements.

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