Home / carbon neutral / ECA survey finds half of councils are unsure of their carbon footprint
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric from Pexels

ECA survey finds half of councils are unsure of their carbon footprint

According to a freedom of information request from engineering services trade body ECA, almost half of local authorities in England do not know their own carbon footprint,

Overall, 93 out of 214 local authorities (43 per cent) say that they don’t measure all energy use in relation to their built assets, which include housing, facilities, offices and other council-owned buildings.

While 47 per cent of councils say they do not have a plan in place for reducing the carbon emissions resulting from their built assets.

The survey also found that council building energy usage is causing vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) to be pumped into the atmosphere each year:

  • Overall, councils responding say 252,978 tonnes of CO2 resulted from their main HQ buildings – which is the equivalent of 150,000 return flights from London to New York.
  • The average annual carbon footprint of a council HQ building was 1,234 tonnes of CO2, however four produced more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • The highest carbon footprint of a council HQ building was 18,200 tonnes of CO2, which came from a district council based in the East Midlands – which is the equivalent of 9,500 average train journeys.

More positively, 166 councils (78 per cent) say they are planning towards net zero operation by 2050. Furthermore, 49 local authorities (23 per cent) stated that they would be carbon neutral by 2030. However, 11 of these 49 councils do not currently know their own carbon footprint.

ECA Energy Advisor Luke Osborne commented: “It’s highly concerning that almost half of local authorities do not know how much carbon they are responsible for or have a plan in place to reduce this amount moving forward.

“Unless there is an imminent step change in their approach, it is inconceivable that councils are going to become carbon neutral in less than 30 years. There is a lot of rhetoric out there, but very few action plans.”

The UK Government has committed the country into being a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

Your free ticket to Facilities Show 2020

Join 12,000+ of your FM peers from across the world at ExCeL London on 19-21 May. Bring the team and boost your CPD, your skills and your career with seminars and workshops at the only IWFM- supported exhibition. Test, trial and source smart solutions across technology, cleaning, FM services, waste and energy management; and meet a host of suppliers for new business collaborations. Your ticket also gives you free access to co-located shows to boost your specialisms across wellbeing, smart buildings, fire, security and health & safety.

Get your free ticket for Facilities Show.

About Sarah OBeirne

Avatar

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*