Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

Emissions monitoring

The table below sets out the Council’s emissions since the baseline year of 2018/19. This table will be updated annually to show our progress in reducing our emissions. We report on our emissions in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). All emissions have varying impacts on climate change (known as their global warming potential), but for simplicity, we equilibrate and report on our emissions in the terms of if they were all CO2 (as this is the predominant emission).

Find out more about global warming potential and carbon dioxide equivalent.

We worked with the Carbon Trust to calculate its baseline emissions in 2018/19. This is the base we will be working from to reduce our emissions to net-zero by 2030. These reports give greater detail on the breakdown of these emissions.

Working from home

During 2020/21, many of our staff moved from mainly working in the office to working from home. We recognised that emissions associated with people working from home would not be captured under normal emissions reporting.

Instead, using a methodology developed by international climate consultancy EcoAct, we estimated emissions created by staff working from home and included these emissions in our reporting.

From 2020/21 onwards, the Council will calculate its emissions associated with staff working from home as this becomes a bigger part of the way that staff work at the Council.

Find out more about the Council's emissions calculations for 2020/21

Emission source 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Council fleet and gas consumption
within Council buildings(Scope 1)
– Tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e)
4271.9 4258.6 4077 4,185.3
Electricity consumption within
Council buildings and from fleet
(Scope 2) – Tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e)
1687.3 1340.8 1093.1 1218.2
Indirect emissions from Council
operations included in 2030 target*
- Tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e)
590.1 598.5 236.3 483.62
Total emissions within the Council’s
net zero emissions target –
Tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e)
6549.3 6197.9 5406.4 5887.2
Indirect emissions from Council
operations not included in 2030
targetⴕ- Tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e)
27293.6 26940.8 20516.9 Not calculated

ⴕ These emission sources include council investments (Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Amphora Trading Ltd), obtained goods and services, leased buildings (those the Council own but do not work out of) and emissions associated with the generation of electricity and gas the Council uses in its operations.

* These emission sources include staff commuting, staff business travel, waste production and water consumption (emissions associated with the supply and treatment of litres of water consumed)

To see Council emissions from past years, you can view the emissions archive

We also produce a Carbon Management Plan. The purpose of the Carbon Management Plan is to set out the actions we will take to reduce our emissions, and the specific emission reduction each action will produce. This enables us to stay on track to reach our net-zero emissions target by 2030. A new Carbon Management Plan is currently being produced and will be uploaded once it is available.

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Page last reviewed: 9 August 2021