Mendip publish first-ever carbon emissions report

A comprehensive assessment of current carbon emissions in Mendip has been carried out by the District Council.

The high-level report - the first of its kind ever conducted in the district - assesses the area's carbon footprint, identifies key sources of emissions, and sets out clear priorities for action and measuring progress.

It represents a starting point in the Council's journey to carbon neutrality, by providing a baseline for future emissions-reduction planning through our district and communities.

The research lists emissions resulting directly from activity within the district, as well as those associated with grid-supplied energy and emissions occurring outside the district, that can be attributed to activity within Mendip.

The report also includes evaluation of the Mendip's register of Environment Performance Certificates (EPC), registered vehicles, to provide context for our main sources of emissions, in addition to a high-level estimate of the district's fuel and energy consumption emissions.

Key findings reveal that domestic heat and power consumption account for 25% of the district's total emissions (220,240 tCO2e). Transport produces 42% of the district's emissions overall (302,941 tCO2e) with 72% of those emissions (218,872 tCO2e) as a result of on-road transportation. Car ownership increased by 10% between 2009 and 2018. There are currently 65,600 cars registered in Mendip, with just 0.3% of those being Ultra Low Emission Vehicles.

Portfolio Holder for Strategic Policy and Climate Change, Cllr Tom Ronan, said: "Environmental concerns must continue to be the first priority for national and local government.

"Establishing a picture of our current emissions in Mendip is key to understanding the best approach to becoming carbon neutral. This report will inform future targets for climate action."

Somerset Climate Emergency ConeLast year Mendip District Council declared a Climate Emergency. It pledged to make Mendip carbon neutral by 2030.  Mendip is one of 265 councils to have made the declaration. Nationally, the UK has committed to the Paris Agreement target, adopted in 2015, to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Want to discover more? A Climate Emergency drop-in session is being held at Mendip's council offices in Shepton Mallet on Saturday 15th February, 10am to 4pm, run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset's four District Councils and County Council.  

You can read Mendip District Council's report in full here:  Icon for pdf Climate Emergency Baseline Evidence [1.13MB]