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Energy and Carbon Management

In May 2010, Bedford Borough Council was selected, amidst strong competition, to participate in Phase 8 of the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management Programme.  Bedford Borough Council worked closely with the Carbon Trust to develop a Carbon Management Plan.

 

Bedford Borough Council's Carbon Management Plan

The Council’s Carbon Management Plan takes a systematic approach to reducing the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years and beyond. It examines the Council’s current emissions, projects our future emissions and importantly outlines the carbon management projects we have identified to reduce our carbon emissions.

Bedford Borough Council is committed to carbon reduction across all areas of activity. The programme sponsors have set the following aspirational target:

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By reducing our carbon emissions by 40% by March 2015, in total the Council will save 39,867 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and £7,959,619.

Aside from the moral and environmental reasons for reducing our emissions, there is also a sound business case for doing so, particularly in the light of ever-increasing energy prices.

 

To read more about our plans to reduce our emissions and our energy spend, please take a look at our Carbon Management Plan, available below:

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RE:FIT

To acheive the Council's ambitious 40% carbon reduction target, the Council has partnered with MITIE as part of an energy performance contract - RE:FIT. More information on this can be found here

 


Greenhouse Gas Report

Bedford Borough Council's Greenhouse Gas Report measures the internal carbon footprint of the Council and is reported to central government annually. The report focuses on the carbon emissions caused by our buildings (including schools), running our fleet and also our business mileage. Our original baseline within our Carbon Management Plan has been revised in accordance with this report; as data quality has significantly improved since its production.

As of June 2013 DECC has revised the conversion factors used to work out how much carbon is produced from the factors measured in these reports. Due to this the Greenhouse Gas reports have had to be revised, including past reports. Please see below for the old reports and the new report which contains all reporting periods dating back to 2009/10.

 

Old Reports

To view our Greenhouse Gas Report for 2009/10 and 2010/2011 please click on the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2009/10 & 2010/11

To view our Green House Gas Report for 2011/2012 please click on the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2011/2012

To view our Green House Gas Report for 2012/2013 please click on the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2012/2013

To view our Greenhouse Gas report for 2014/15 please click the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2014/15

To view our Greenhouse Gas report for 2015/16 please click the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2015/16

 

Updated Reports (updated conversion factors)

To view our Green House Gas report for 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 please click the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report New Conversion Factors 

To view our Green House Gas report for 2013/14 please click the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2013/14

 

Latest Report

To view our Greenhouse Gas report for 2016/17 please click the link below:

Greenhouse Gas Report 2016/17

 

Energy Contracts

Bedford Borough Council currently procures energy for its buildings and schools through a Professional Buying Organisation (PBO), namely Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO).

The current contracts in place start and end as follows:

Supply

Start Date

End Date

Gas

 1st April 2017

 31st March 2021

Non Half-Hourly (NHH) Electricity

 1st April 2015

 31st March 2019

Half-Hourly (HH) Electricity

 1st April 2015

 31st March 2019

Unmetered Supplies (UMS) Electricity

 1st April 2015

31st March 2019

The Council has entered into YPO’s flexible purchasing framework; involving YPO purchasing energy prior to the supply period (Purchase In Advance (PIA) Flexible Purchase).