Sharing information on greenhouse gas emissions from Local Authority own estate and operations (the successor to National Indicator 185)
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published a draft single data list setting out all the data requirements that central Government needs from Local Authorities with regards to greenhouse gas emissions.
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has considered how best to continue the data collection for our request on the single data list – that is, emissions data from Local Authority own estate and operations – which was formerly collected under the National Indicator 185.
DECC has taken into account a number of issues, such as ensuring the data collection and publication is in line with international reporting standards, reducing the burden of data collection on Local Authorities partly through aligning the data with the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, and also aiming to embed accountability for Local Authorities’ own carbon emissions at Local Authority level.
DECC only collected NI 185 data for the 2008/09 Financial Year and provided a dedicated spreadsheet for this purpose. This data was published in July 2010 on the DECC website.
The raw data previously collected by Local Authorities for NI 185 and currently for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme can be used as the basis for the proposal – and raw data does not need to be collected twice.
DECC will no longer be asking for data to be ‘submitted’ as such to central Government, but instead each Local Authority is being asked to publish a greenhouse gas report locally. Each Local Authority would then notify DECC via the email where their report has been published.
It is important to note that NI 185 data was, and CRC data still is, requested and published in CO2 only, rather than in carbon dioxide equivalent - CO2e – (which covers all greenhouse gases) as is recommended in the guidance.
The current report covers measurements from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012.