In 2009 the council adopted its Carbon Management Plan. The Carbon Management Plan sets out the council's goal to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent over a five year period from 2008/9 to 2012/13, and how we intend to achieve it. A copy of the Carbon Management Plan is available to download on the right.
To date the council has implemented a number of projects to reduce the amount of energy and fuel it uses to deliver its services. These include:
- new joint waste management contract with South Oxfordshire using more efficient vehicles, fuels and routes
- staff energy awareness campaign at the council offices
- business mileage reduction
- improvements to leisure centre equipment, including swimming pool covers, lighting and pumps.
Since 2008/09 the council has successfully reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 14 per cent.
Greenhouse gas emissions
From 2011 onwards, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) requires local authorities to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions from their own estate and operations in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an internationally recognised method for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. A copy of the 2011/12 annual greenhouse gas emissions report is available to download on the right. The report shows that between 2009/10 and 2011/12 council greenhouse gas emissions fell by 8.9 per cent.
Last reviewed: 07 - 02 - 2013