Quarter 2 - September 2018 performance
Our carbon emissions for the quarter 2 period were roughly the same as they were this time last year, but due to the peak we saw last quarter we remain off track in meeting our reduction target. Projects such as the Combined Heat and Power Unit at Horsham and LED projects are continuing to be pursued. Some contract issues have arisen, but are being rectified. Planning issues have also arisen, and are currently being explored. Although we are still aiming for install this year, it cannot be guaranteed.
 Some solar projects on Fire Stations have been identified, and subject to securing the final amount of funding, should be delivered this financial year.
 Despite this, it is unlikely that these projects will be in place for long enough to achieve significant savings this financial year.
Quarter 1 - June 2018 performance
This quarter our gas consumption was considerably higher than the same quarter last year. Analysis to understand the reasons for this have determined that:
1.       Over the last 3 years 93% of the variability in our gas consumption relates to the external temperatures.
The remaining relates to non-space heating requirements, for example hot water heating.
2.       Over the last quarter there have been significantly more Heating Degree Days (a day when the outside temperature is such that an average building would need to be heated) than previous years.
3.       The same quarter in 2017/18 was a particularly mild, with less colder days than average, leading to a greater disparity when comparing years.
 The conclusion of the analysis is that the extra consumption that we have seen in this quarter is consistent with the cold weather we experienced, and is not due to other wastage.
 As gas consumption is the most significant carbon generator across our estate, this increased consumption is reflected in the carbon reporting for this quarter.
Quarter 4 - March 2018 performance
Despite our gas use increasing this quarter compared to the same quarter last year, our overall carbon has continued to fall.
We continue to identify and plan energy efficiency projects across our corporate estate, and are working to resolve the supplier issues we previously reported on to deliver projects we have in the pipeline.
This year we have achieved a 17% reduction in our carbon emissions compared to the previous year. This is a 45% reduction in our carbon emissions from our original 2011/12 baseline.
Although we have made many energy efficiency improvements to our estate, some of the savings are attributable to more favourable carbon conversion factors for the energy we use. Conversion factors are issued annually, and are an average emission factor that relate to the whole of the UK.   The 2017 conversion factors were issued in August 2017. They included a 14% reduction in the electricity consumption conversion factor compared to 2016. This is due to macro energy market investments and government policy driving a de-carbonisation of the national grid.

Quarter 3 - December 2017 performance

We remain on track to meet our annual carbon reduction target

We are continuing to identify and plan energy efficiency projects across our corporate estate. One project, an LED upgrade at Horsham Library has been delivered, but delivery of the wider programme has been delayed as Carillion were due to deliver the works. We are currently looking to alternative suppliers for revised quotes, and these projects, including a Combined Heat and Power Boiler at Parkside and LED upgrades will be delivered as soon as possible.

Background

We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the County Council.

We have had a long term target to reduce the carbon from our activities by 50% by 2022 . The target was set using a baseline for 2011/12, and includes:

  • The energy to power street lights and signs across the County
  • The energy used to heat, light and power our corporate buildings
  • Mileage from staff business travel (including pool vehicles and staff-owned cars) Since the target was set, we have made steady progress in reducing our emissions.

We have installed better building management systems, improved insulation and upgraded lighting both in our own buildings but also in street lights across the County. We have also invested in renewable energy, and have solar installations on a number of our buildings including Worthing Library, Horsham Library and Northleigh, Chichester. We have also achieved some carbon savings by reducing the number of buildings we own and operate.This year we have more improvements planned including additional lighting upgrades in our buildings and a major boiler improvement at Parkside, Horsham. We are also rolling out new meters. This will give us a clearer understanding of our energy use across our buildings, which will help us identify even more areas to make further improvements and savings.

Related documents include:

  • Sustainability Strategy

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-plans-and-policies/environment-planning-and-waste-plans-and-policies/sustainability/

  • Energy Strategy

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-plans-and-policies/environment-planning-and-waste-plans-and-policies/energy-strategy/