The Council and democracy Climate Change Action Plan - Progress Update Q1 Apr to Jun 2021

Carbon budget

The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) has a target to reduce direct emissions of CO₂ by 50% over the five-year period up to 2025. To achieve this, the Council has a target to reduce its emissions by 13% every year, for five years.

The CCAP also sets a carbon budget of 119,917 tonnes of CO2 for the five-year period of 2020-25, calculated using science-based targets. Within this, the carbon budget for 2020-21 is 31,080 tonnes. 

Progress against budget

31,080 tonnes CO₂ – Emissions Budget 2020-21
25,429 tonnes CO₂ – Emissions released 2020-21*
*Emissions to date include best estimates due to billing timelines; the annual report qualifies actual emissions

The Council has emitted 25,429 tonnes of CO2 between April 2020 and March 2021 (these are the most recent estimates for the year) which is 82% of the available budget. Final emissions for the year 2020-21 will be available in August 2021 once all data has been verified. These emissions are associated with Council buildings, streetlights, waste collection, operational fleet and staff travel. 


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