The carbon footprint of Winchester District
Each year, Professor Bob Whitmarsh of WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel issues a report on the greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester District.
The 2013 report technical presents a summary of emissions and trends in emissions in Winchester District from 2005 to 2011. The report also reviews progress towards the target of a 30% reduction in the carbon footprint of Winchester District by 2015 (relative to 2004). There is also a non-technical version.
Measurements and estimates of energy consumption in Winchester District published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) since 2005 were used. They covered the consumption of electricity, gas, fuel for road transport (cars and goods vehicles) and other fuels (mainly heating oil) by households and commercial organisations. Air and rail travel, changes in land use, food, consumer goods and services were not included. Energy figures were converted into greenhouse gas emissions expressed as the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide having the same warming effect.
The report found that emissions in Winchester District reduced by approximately 13% between 2004 and 2011; a decrease of about 18% was required to be on target.
In 2011, electricity accounted for 28% of the emissions, gas for 16% and transport for 46%. Put another way, households accounted for 49% and commerce for 41%. The remaining 10% was down to other fuels.
The greatest potential for future improvement lies in,
- Goods vehicles: emissions actually increased by 2% between 2004 and 2011!
- Electricity consumption by commercial organisations: emissions decreased by less than 5% between 2004 and 2011.
- Cars: emissions decreased by almost 12% but since car emissions constitute 28% of the total they still make a large contribution to remaining off target.
Download the reports as pdfs:
- Greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester district (2005-2011): Estimates and trends, part 3, WinACC 2013
- Greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester district (2005-2011) non-technical version
- Greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester district (2005-2010): Estimates and trends, part 2, WinACC 2012
- Greenhouse gas emissions in Winchester district (2007-2009): Estimates and trends, part 1, WinACC 2011