Cornwall & Isles of Scilly 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Project information

Index: 0301R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location UNITED KINGDOM SOUTH WEST Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2011
End: November 2011

Topic of the practice

Quantifying and comparing regional GHG emissions for the years 2007 and 2008 following the International Local Government GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol

Good Practice Information

Cornwall carried out a study to quantify and compare GHG emissions in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for the years 2007 and 2008. The assessment methodology employed for the 2008 Cornwall GHG Inventory, and 2007 update, follows the reporting principles and guidelines of the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Protocol.
In line with the ICLEI Protocol the following procedure has been used:
1. Establishment of the assessment boundaries (including the selection of greenhouse gases, project boundaries and assessment boundaries).
2. Collection of data and available data sources.
3. Evaluation of data quality and data sources.
4. Calculation of emissions using appropriate conversion factors.
5. Analysis of results.
The inventory covers emissions from houses and businesses, transport, agriculture and waste, and also extends to areas such as marine and air travel. The Inventory provides an important opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to actively measure and manage GHG emissions. Throughout the study, consultation with stakeholders has provided a rich and diverse amount of data. Experts from Cornwall Development Company, Cornwall Council and from other relevant organizations were consulted during the development of the study

Evidence of success

It is the first time this type of regional inventory has been completed in the UK. The results of were useful for climate change policy planning in Cornwall since the study updated earlier emission inventory, but also takes into account emissions from aviation and marine transport. It was anticipated that this work will be repeated in future years in order to review progress against local, national and European CO2 emission targets.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Lindsay Knuckey

Low Carbon Team at Cornwall Development Company

Annex completed on: 04-19-2012

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