The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just published the annual CO2e emissions for 2019. These represent the most recent and up to date estimations of greenhouse gas emissions.
The data is broken down by home nation, region and local authority area and can be viewed on GOV.UK.
The information shows that Bracknell Forest saw emissions reduce by a further 4% since 2018, and by a total of 41% since 2005.
Between 2005 and 2019, the per capita rates of CO2e have reduced from 6.6 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes. Overall, the data shows the borough’s CO2e reduced from 728.5 Kilotonnes to 426.1 Kilotonnes.
Compared to other local authorities in the South East of England, only Reading and Kent have reduced emissions by a higher percentage than Bracknell Forest over the 14 years. Furthermore, only Reading, Brighton & Hove and East Sussex saw lower levels in 2019.
These statistics cover all greenhouse gas emissions from all activities across the borough. Analysis of the information will help the council to project future trends in our efforts to move towards becoming a net-zero carbon borough.
Specific project work completed by the council during 2019 will have contributed to this reduction in the overall figures. These projects included:
- parks and countryside efforts to green the highway alongside Downshire Way
- completion of the conversion of all highway street lighting to LEDs
- lowering energy consumption by more than 50%
- completion of the A329 Martin’s Heron junction and London Road improvements to enable traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve air quality
Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“It is fantastic to see progress being made for our objective of making the borough carbon neutral by 2050.
“However, there is a long way to go and we continue to urge residents, visitors and businesses to help us achieve our goal.”
You can find more information about climate change on our website.