In 2005, we started investigating our energy use and CO2 emissions from our estate and operations. The assessment of energy we use in our buildings and travel identified where we needed to cut carbon emissions and resulted in a strategy and implementation plan.
In 2009 we collated a larger set of data, covering CO2 emissions from operational buildings, business travel and emissions from contracted services. And using this data, we developed actions to reduce our CO2 emissions.
Over the past decade, the council’s own carbon emissions have reduced by 24% (from 5,476 tonnes in 2010 to 4,186 tonnes in 2018). Winchester City Council has developed a carbon neutrality action plan to decarbonise its operations. However, the greater challenge will be to decarbonise the Winchester district.
In 2017, the Winchester district emitted an estimated 834,000 tonnes of CO2 – which includes emissions from the M3 motorway. This figure, although representing a 25% decrease from the 2005 Winchester district emissions, will be a huge challenge over the years ahead.
The council achieved a 20% cut in its own emissions from 2016 to the end of 2020. Decarbonisation is ongoing and is one of the council's climate change priorities.