eNewsletter August 2015

Peterborough Environment Capital

Zero Carbon Energy

zero carbonWhy we need to reduce carbon emissions?:
We need energy to heat our homes, light our streets, run our computers at work, and power our kitchen appliances. Our demand for energy is increasing as we invent more “must have” gadgets, increase our use of IT and switch to electric cars. In the UK energy is predominantly provided by fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, oil) or electricity generated from fossil fuels. Our current energy consumption in Peterborough results in 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum [1], 0.3% of the UK total. However Peterborough’s emissions per person are higher than the UK figure, 7.2 tonnes of carbon per capita compared to 6.6.

What we need to do:
To become zero carbon we have to improve our energy efficiency and increase the amount of renewable energy generated. Furthermore, reducing our dependence on current sources of energy will reduce our exposure to future energy price rises and improve our energy security.

Tips and ideas on how you can reduce your carbon emissions can be found in our Get Involved area.

Peterborough is already working to reduce carbon emissions:

  •  12,000 pupils have taken part in ‘Powerdown’ to raise awareness of energy issues.

  • The council has reduced CO2 emissions by 15% since 2008.

  • Per capita CO2 emissions have reduced from 8.1 tonnes (2005) to 6.3 tonnes (2011).

But...

  • 16% of households' energy bills are spent on devices left on standby.

  • Each year energy costs Peterborough £144m: the council spends £6.7m plus a tax of £288k.


Targets to 2016:

  • Reduce city council CO2 emissions by 35%.
  • Increase the number of businesses registered with Investors in the Environment from 78 to 124.
  • Reduce per capita CO2 emissions to 5.8 tonnes.
  • All approved developments greater than 10 homes or 1000sqm floor area shall achieve an emissions ratio at least 10% better than building regulation standards.

 

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[1] 2010 figure taken from NI 186 data published by DECC in 2012.  
[2] Investors in the Environment scheme

 

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