Reducing our carbon emissions

We are working to the government’s target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Carbon Footprint

We report our carbon footprint to government every year as part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme. This is based on energy use within our buildings and also street lighting. In 2016-17 we emitted 12,190 tonnes of qualifying CO2  and we purchased £196,259 worth of CRC allowances.

Government also requires an annual report on the Greenhouse Gas emissions we emit from:

  • Heating our buildings
  • Lighting our buildings
  • Maintaining our ICT infrastructure
  • Lighting the streets across the city
  • Travelling around the city to deliver services

Our greenhouse gas emissions for 2016-17 [PDF 83KB]

Energy efficiency projects

We have produced Display Energy Certificates  for all large council sites, including schools. This has enabled us to identify where to implement the most beneficial energy efficiency measures to reduce our carbon emissions.

For our high-energy-using buildings we are installing:

  • Automated Meter Reading (AMR) equipment and software so we can accurately track and so reduce our energy and water consumption.
  • Solar panels on the roofs of Hove Town Hall, Moulescoomb Hub and Bartholomew House. This will generate on site electricity to help meet demand.

A programme of energy efficiency projects for our buildings has been identified in the Zero Carbon section of the council’s City Sustainability Action Plan.

Our internationally-recognised Environmental Management System (EMS) is a framework for measuring and reducing our environmental impact. It is certified to the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001:2004.

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