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What the council is doing to tackle climate change

Everyone needs to take responsibility for the environment – and that includes us!

 

Climate change mitigation

 

 

  • West Lancashire Borough Council are members of the Lancashire Climate Change Partnership and are committed to helping implement the Lancashire Climate Change Strategy (external link) and achieving its vision of a ‘low carbon and well adapted Lancashire by 2020’. The strategy aims to reduce CO2 emissions in Lancashire by at least 30% by 2020.

 

  • In September 2013, we adopted a Sustainable Energy Strategy, intended to assist in the delivery of carbon reduction and improved sustainability across the borough. To download a copy of the Sustainable Energy Strategy, please visit the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Living page.

 

  • The council has also signed up to the Government's 'Climate Local' initiative. A new LGA scheme to drive and support councils to reduce carbon emissions and improve resilience to the effects of our changing climate.

 

 

Climate change adaption

We recognise the importance of adapting to the effects of climate change. As part of this process we are working in partnership with Lancashire County Council to identify services and public sector organisations likely to be affected.

 

We've undertaken a Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCLIP) to identify the vulnerabilities of our services to climate change and assess future risks associated with different weather events. We are now progressing this work and carrying out comprehensive risk assessments to identify priority risks and determine the most appropriate adaptation responses.

 

We also…

  • Encourage our staff to car share
  • We have a dedicated team of energy champions working to reduce our environmental impact
  • Run a corporate environmental campaign called ‘Climate Wise West Lancashire’ to remind staff to be energy and resource efficient
  • Have plastic, can, glass and paper recycling bins in offices

Carbon Footprinting

The council monitors and records greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations on an annual basis, for comparison against the 2006/2007 baseline identified in our climate change strategy.

 

Our carbon footprint is calculated in line with guidance published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This guidance is applicable to all organisations and can be viewed by visiting the GOV.UK website.

 

The footprint includes greenhouse gas emissions associated with gas and electricity consumption in our corporate and community buildings, our fleet fuel consumption, and the mileage workers do in their own vehicles on the council’s behalf.

 

Since 2006/07 the council has reduced our electricity consumption by 23%. Gas consumption has been reduced 38% on the baseline. Overall we have now reduced our emissions by 27% on the baseline, exceeding our 25% reduction target by 2020.

 

The table below illustrates our progress so far and provides emissions data in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) covering all greenhouse gas emissions.

 

West Lancashire Corporate Carbon Footprint *

GHG emission data for period 1st April 2009 to 31st March 2013

 

 

Tonnes of CO2e

 

2012/13

2011/12

2010/11

2009/10

Base year 2006/07

Scope 1

1468

1732

1921

1874

2015

Scope 2

836

866

956

980

1121

Scope 3

184

172

190

201

264

Total gross emissions

2488

2770

3067

3055

3400

Outside of Scopes          

Carbon offsets*

 

N/A

Green tariff

 

N/A

Total annual net emissions

2488

2770

3067

3055

3400

 

 To date the council has installed 16KW of solar PV renewable technology on our corporate buildings.  The electricity generated during 2012/13 has been accounted for, generated at zero emissions, in Scope 1.  As the electricity has been used on site, contributions to the grid and carbon offsetting has been negligible.

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

Tina Iball, Environmental Strategy Officer

Tel: 01695 585197

Email: christina.iball@westlancs.gov.uk

 

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Last Updated: 11/11/2013

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