South Warwickshire Emissions
A report has been completed by Anthesis (Warwick & Stratford-on-Avon District Councils – South Warwickshire Climate Action Support, Anthesis, June 2021) to baseline our District emissions and identify how to reach as close to zero by 2030 as possible. The study shows that local action can make a real difference to carbon emissions in South Warwickshire and that with a high ambition, a 55% carbon reduction by 2030 (against 2017 levels) is achievable, particularly if initiatives to increase carbon capture within South Warwickshire by 2030 to offset some of the residual carbon emissions are also factored in.
The Scatter Pathways report shows the total amount of carbon emissions arising from South Warwickshire in 2017 is 2,744,000 tonnes CO2e. The report breaks this total down in to different sources and shows the most significant sources of emissions are:
The report shows that within the current context it could be possible to achieve a 55% reduction in carbon emissions from South Warwickshire by 2030, if the Councils set a high ambition. It should be noted that whilst the proposed minimum reduction of 55% is considerably ahead of the levels of reduction that could be achieved if no action is taken, it is also below the levels that would be required to align with the national Paris Climate Change commitments. This again underlines the need to aim beyond a 55% reduction on the basis that national policy will need to change to achieve the UK's Paris Climate commitments.
Looking beyond 2030, the report indicates that with high ambition and within the current context, it should be possible to achieve a 75% reduction in carbon emissions from South Warwickshire by 2050, if the Councils set a high ambition. However, given the UK Government is committed to achieving net zero carbon for the whole country by 2050, it would be reasonable to expect the national context to improve to enable a 75% reduction to be exceeded. The Councils therefore consider that the ambition should be in line with national aims to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
Stratford District Council Emissions
In 2019/20, we collated data relating to our organisational carbon emissions. This showed Stratford District Council emitted 3,550 tonnes CO2e.
Most emissions come from energy use in Council buildings and the work of our contractors including waste collection and street cleansing and to a lesser degree, travel by staff on Council business.
While the impacts of Council contractors are included within the scope of the organisational emissions, it is also recognised that a number of existing contracts will continue beyond 2025. Given the scale of investment required to enable some of these contracts to be net zero carbon, it is accepted that there will be resulting carbon emissions beyond 2025. There are therefore two elements to this ambition: