Council greenhouse gas emissions

We monitor our greenhouse gas emissions as part of our plan to reduce our emissions by 25% by 2021.

For more information about our commitment to reducing emissions, you can read our Carbon Management Plan (pdf).

We calculate our emissions by recording the energy and fuel we use to carry out our services (including HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd and Veolia fleet).

We use conversion factors provided by the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to convert activity data (such as litres of fuel used or number of miles driven) into kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

Annual emissions 2018 to 2019

This table covers all emissions from Harlow Council sources between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

The Scopes are defined as:

  • Scope 1 (direct emissions) – emissions produced by council owned vans and minibuses, as well as fuel combustion
  • Scope 2 (energy indirect) - emissions from electricity
  • Scope 3 (other indirect) – emissions from extraction, refining and distribution of fuels, as well as non-council owned transport such as Veolia fleet and staff business travel

Gas and electricity consumption relates to buildings occupied by the Council and also those occupied by HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd.  

Emission

Scope 1 (kg CO2e)

Scope 2 (kg CO2e)

Scope 3 (kg CO2e)

Total (kg CO2e)

Natural gas

570,745

 

79,332

650,078

Electricity

 

574,030

48,933

622,963

Operational vehicles - petrol

47

 

13

59

Operational vehicles - diesel

16,464

 

3,932

20,396

Staff business travel

29,426

 

7,476

36,902

Veolia fleet

305,243

 

72,684

377,927

HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd fleet

481084

 

114,881

559,964

HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd LPG

41,678

 

5,241

46,919

 

You can look at our greenhouse gas emission data year on year in our greenhouse gas emissions - annual comparison document (pdf)

How we calculate our emissions

We use the following information to calculate our emissions data:

Scope 1

  • gas consumption data from energy supplier
  • transport fuel consumption for operation vehicles from mileage log books

Scope 2

  • electricity consumption data from electricity suppliers and meter read information

Scope 3

  • car business mileage payment data from employee claims
  • transport fuel consumption for HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd from HTS mileage logs
  • transport fuel consumption for Veolia fleet from Veolia mileage logs

Our data includes emissions from buildings where Harlow Council is the owner or occupier.

It does not include emissions from properties owned by Harlow Council but occupied by a third party, where the tenant ultimately pays for the energy consumed.