Already the council has taken steps to improve the energy efficiency of some of its buildings, using renewable energy (installing solar PV onto the tennis court roof of the St Johns sport centre), however the council understands that it needs to do more.
The council will focus first on improving their own operations and reducing their carbon footprint to reach the target of achieving net-zero by 2030.
Between 2018-2019 the council’s total carbon emissions came to 3473.4 tonnes of carbon (tCO2e), which is a 43% reduction in emissions produced in 2013-2014. This is a significant improvement, but progress will continue towards being carbon neutral by 2030.
TWBC’s total carbon emissions
To achieve this, target emissions from our own operations must significantly reduce year on year, following the ‘blue’ pathway in the graph below. The ‘red’ pathway shows the councils emissions produced under a ‘Business as usual’ scenario, i.e. if no changes were made at all:
Recommended Pathway v Business as Usual (2018-2030)