East Lothian Council

Sustainable development and climate change

Carbon Management

In 2008, the Council participated in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme to develop a Carbon Management Plan (2009-14), which aims to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with activities under the direct control of the Council.

We have set an ambitious target of reducing these emissions by 25% by 2014 from a revised and rebaselined FY07/08 baseline of 36,316 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).  During the first four years of the plan (FY09/10, FY10/11 and FY12/13) emissions have reduced by 26%, or 5.4% per annum.  The graph below illustrates emissions by source and shows progress between reporting periods.

Building energy consumption has shown a significant increase in FY12/13, this is due to the fact that it was colder each month than previous years. 

                            Figure 1. Comparison of emissions between reporting periods

  Comparison of emissions between reporting periods









This work is helping the Council to meet its obligations under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and also reduces the Council’s exposure to future energy price rises and the Carbon Reduction Commitment tax.

Graphic - Certificate of achievementAs part of our carbon management work the Council was awarded the Carbon Saver Gold Standard, in January 2011, for taking effective action on climate change by measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions across the organisation.

To qualify for this award the Council had to demonstrate accurate measurement of all required emission sources and an absolute reduction of our emissions.  We also needed to evidence good carbon management including carbon accounting, reduction, targets and governance.  During the assessment process the Council was praised for having good processes in place to collect and substantiate our carbon related data.

For further details on the Council’s Carbon Management Plan and to view our annual progress reports please click on the links below:


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