Reducing Our Carbon Emissions

We want to be at the forefront of green technology and employment 

Read Bournemouth's Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for 2016/17. 

A new recycling facility in Bournemouth

Using government funding to improve our recycling in the town we’ll partner with Dorset Waste Partnership to develop a local recycling sorting facility. This means we won’t need to send our recycling elsewhere and will reduce transport costs and carbon emissions.

Business Assistance

Businesses can become more efficient and save money. We can help you do this with our sustainable business advice service.  

Better transport links to cut carbon

Helping people make smarter travel choices is a key priority for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. The three councils have been allocated almost £20million by the government to improve sustainable transport links between the three towns. 

Reducing home energy emissions

The largest portion of Bournemouth's carbon emissions come from energy use in homes. We are working to help households reduce their energy use and cut bills.

Carbon Management Programme

We have worked with The Carbon Trust to create Bournemouth’s Carbon Management Programme. The target for the Council is to reduce our operational carbon emissions by at least 34% by 2020.

Our Carbon Management Programme identifies the following five areas as priorities:

  1. Encourage all council employees to reduce their energy use.
  2. To replace inefficient lighting, heating and insulation.
  3. To reduce the need for and cost of travel to work and on Council business.
  4. To increase the production and use of energy and fuel from renewable sources.
  5. To invest in ICT systems to support all of the above. 

Green house gases

We publish our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions online to comply with Central Government requirements.   


GHG emissions are wider emissions, not just CO2, that result from the burning of fossil fuels (heating and transport) and the use of electricity from the national grid. 

For more information please visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change


The data below shows GHG emissions (kgCO2e) that arise from our operated buildings (electricity and gas) and its own fleet transport. The data (scope 1 &2) covers the period April 1st2012 to March 31st 2014.

Exclusions :-

  • Staff commuting
  • Academy status schools


GHG Emissions Data For Period April 1st 2010 to March 31st 2015


Tonnes of CO2e







Base year 2008-2009 

Scope 1







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Explanation of Scope 1 & 2

Scope 1 (Direct emissions) Activities owned or controlled by the Council that release emissions straight into the atmosphere.

Examples – emissions from combustion in owned or controlled boilers and vehicles

Scope 2 (Indirect emissions) Emissions released into the atmosphere associated with the consumption of purchased electricity. These emissions are a consequence of the Councils activities but which occur at sources that the Council does not own or control.

Example – electricity purchased from the National Grid.