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Reducing carbon emissions from our buildings and fleet

We are transitioning to an electric fleet and reducing emissions from our buildings to net zero by 2030.

We publish information about our emissions and how we monitor them.

The infographic shows information on the sources of emissions from Council operations concerned with buildings, fleet and travel. Also detailed is how the Council is taking action to reduce emissions from each of these. The information presented is:

CBC overall emissions for 2019/20: 6197 tonnes of CO2e

Emissions from our building for 2019/20: 4399.2 tonnes of CO2e. We are reducing emissions from this source by:

  • Reducing energy use in Rowan House (Council’s main office)
  • Using renewable energy on our buildings
  • Insulating and providing low carbon heating in our housing stock

Emissions from our fleet/vehicles: 1,384.6 tonnes of CO2e. We are reducing emissions from this source by:

  • buying 15 electric vehicles and 4 hybrid vehicles in 2021
  • installing electric vehicle charge points at Rowan House and Shrub End Depot
  • increasing use of electric cargo (eCargo) bikes in our operations

Emissions from our (staff) travel: 414.1 tonnes of CO2e. We are reducing emissions from this source by:

  • Encouraging staff to cycle and walk to work through the staff travel plan
  • Facilitating staff to attend meetings online (rather than travelling to the office)

Our buildings

The Council run many buildings including our offices, the housing stock, and Colchester Castle amongst others. All of these will be becoming greener over the coming years and some key projects that have taken place or are underway are detailed below.

In 2021, the Council will be installing an air source heat pump and making other improvements to increase energy efficiency in Rowan House, the Council’s head office building. This technology will use electricity rather than gas to heat the building which will produce significant carbon emission savings. Find out further details about the green project at council HQ.

Of the Council’s housing stock, around 44% have rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on them. Additionally, 185 homes have also had air source heat pumps installed, lowering emissions associated with heating these homes. We are updating our Asset Management Strategy for the housing stock, with a central focus on reducing emissions. Several projects are aiming to reduce emissions from the housing stock including the redevelopment of Elfreda House and the 100 Homes Project (PDF, 290KB)

Our fleet

The Council uses a variety of vehicles to conduct its work from small vans to large refuse trucks and more recently electric cargo (eCargo) bikes. We have committed to converting all our vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030. The first version of the Council’s Fleet Transition Plan seeks to show how this will happen, with the first electric vehicles being obtained in 2021. The diagram below shows our initial plan, and you can find further details about the plan to transitioning our fleet (PDF, 236KB).

The infographic provides information on the first iteration of Council plans to transition the fleet to all-electric vehicles by 2030. Displayed in the infographic are several vehicle types in the Council fleet, the number owned and when the transition to EV will occur.

Medium Vans: 3 medium vans currently owned are to be upgraded to electric vehicles in 2021, and will be reprocured as electric vehicles in 2028.

Small vans/cars: 12 of 16 small vans/cars currently owned are to be upgraded to electric vehicles in 2021, and will be reprocured as electric vehicles in 2028. The other 4 small vans/cars will be upgraded to hybrid vehicles in 2021, and will then be reviewed for a potential upgrade to fully electric vehicles in 2028

Refuse collection vehicles (RCVs): 2 out of 29 RCVs are due for replacement in 2022. If they can be supported by electric vehicle infrastructure, then these will be replaced with electric RCVs in 2022. In the next procurement cycle in 2029, these vehicles will be replaced with electric RCVs. The other 27 RCVs will be reviewed to be upgraded to electric refuse collection vehicles in 2025 when they are due to be replaced.

Food waste vehicles: 1 of 8 food waste vehicles is due to be replaced in 2023. If it can be supported by electric vehicle infrastructure, then it will be upgraded to an electric vehicle in 2023. In the next procurement cycle in 2029, the vehicle will be replaced with an electric vehicle. The other 7 food waste vehicles will be reviewed to be upgraded in 2027 when they are due to be replaced.

JCB: 2 JCB vehicles owned are due for replacement in 2023. If they can be supported by electric vehicle infrastructure, then these will be replaced with electric-powered JCBs in 2023. In the next procurement cycle in 2029, these vehicles will be replaced with electric vehicles.

Page last reviewed: 9 July 2021