Our climate emergency performance
We monitor our use of energy in order to understand where we can be more efficient and reduce our carbon emissions. A full performance report is produced quarterly and we have provided a snapshot of some of the numbers below.
- Electricity: 33,911 MWh (12 monthly rolling data for April 2020 to March 2021)
- Gas: 20,342 MWh (12 monthly rolling data for April 2020 to March 2021)
This data is for the Kent County Council (KCC) corporate estate that includes:
- street lighting
- highways assets
- signals and displays
- KCC buildings
- Commercial Services.
We do not purchase energy using a green energy tariff, as we prefer to invest directly in renewable energy projects within Kent.
We have installed solar panel arrays on 11 KCC buildings so far. Our most recent installation included placing 1,300 of these panels on 5 buildings in Spring 2020, which saves 86 tonnes of carbon emissions a year. This is equivalent to taking 20 cars off the road! Our next installation is due to be completed by the end of 2021 and consists of 687 panels to be installed on another 5 KCC buildings.
We have also identified potential for building or purchasing large solar parks, to further provide KCC with renewable energy. Solar arrays of this size will contribute significantly to our energy use and our overall reduction in carbon emissions.
Solar Array Generation to Date (June 2021):
|Building||Installation date||Generation to date (kWh)|
|Worrall House||Spring 2020||176,850|
|Swale Mash (Green Banks)||Spring 2020||39,659|
Thanet Mash (Orchards)
|Dartford Bridge Community Campus||Spring 2020||32,846|
|The Swattenden Centre||Spring 2020||45,836|
|The Eden Centre||2013||134,738|
|Broadmeadow Care Centre||2012||121,621|
|Ashford Highways Office||2012||139,624|
|Swanscombe Children’s Centre||Pre-2012||55,002|
|Blossoms Children’s Centre||Pre-2012||50,618|
We endeavour to keep this information up to date, however due to reporting timescales, this data may differ from the latest KCC quarterly performance report.
- Total tCO2e - 24,179.69 (12 monthly rolling data for April 2020 to March 2021).
- Total tCO2e per FTE - 3.30 (12 monthly rolling data for April 2020 to March 2021).
- Variance % since baseline (2015) - 47% reduction (based on KCC action only, excludes decarbonisation of grid supplied energy).
*Data taken from the LASER GHG Report 2020-21 Q3. Includes street lighting, highways assets, signals and displays, Commercial Services and KCC buildings including leased buildings, fleet vehicles and KCC business mileage. Emissions calculated using data for electricity, gas, heating fuels, fleet fuels and business mileage.