Wealden District Council

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

Wealden District Council has produced this greenhouse gas emissions report (PDF) in accordance with new guidance issued by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It covers greenhouse gas emissions arising from our operations, such as collecting waste and recycling, and properties owned or managed for the Council including leisure centres.

It covers not only CO2 but all 6 main greenhouse gases. These are defined by the Kyoto Protocol as: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), nitrous oxide (N2O), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6). Emissions of greenhouse gases are collectively measured in 'carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e)'.

Wealden District Council's total net emissions for 2010/11 are 4,521 tonnes CO2e, down 4.3% from the previous year.  Our target is for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by March 2015. The major contributions are from vehicles and machinery (including waste and recycling collections); gas heating for Council buildings and electricity supplied to our buildings.

The new method of reporting aligns us with the GHG Protocol the internationally recognised standard for corporate accounting and reporting. It also supports the localism agenda by ensuring that local authorities are accountable to their local people for their greenhouse gas emissions.

The previous guidance (National Indicator NI185) required councils to report on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions only.