Taking pioneering action to cut our carbon emissions

Our Carbon Management Plan (CMP) defines how we measure, manage and reduce emissions across our estate and operations. It sets the challenging carbon reduction target of 40% by 2020, against a 2009/2010 baseline. Our 2017/18 data shows a 34% reduction in carbon emissions keeping us on target.

Download report summarising our progress made in the latest financial year: 2017/18 Footprint Report (PDF - 140 KB)


Leading by example

Delivered continued emissions reductions demonstrates that it is possible to achieve significant carbon reduction through robust target-setting and innovation. The following case studies provide a snapshot of our work:

  • Swiss Cottage Library: Two lighting refurbishment projects have achieved annual energy savings of 111,750 kWh, while the installation of 184 solar panels on the library roof provides over 40,000 kWh of clean, renewably-generated electricity. Together, these projects cut annual GHG emissions by 79 tonnes CO2-equivalent.
  • Street lighting: The systematic replacement of obsolete high-pressure sodium street lighting with more efficient LED alternatives has to date achieved a 1,050-tonne CO2e reduction in annual GHG emissions.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions data

The map below represents the total energy consumption and carbon emissions by site in the scope of the Carbon Management Plan, for the 2017/2018 reporting year (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018).



Greenhouse Gas (GHG) 2009 - 2018


Renewable energy generation

Our growing portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is helping to reduce our electricity consumption, cutting our carbon emissions and enhancing energy security.


renewable energy generation

In addition to solar PV, our new 5 Pancras Square building uses heat supplied from the Kings Cross energy centre. To find out more visit the King’s Cross energy centre.

Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)

We are a full participant under the UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). We are required to report annual carbon emissions for qualifying energy supplies and to purchase carbon allowances to cover these. The scheme encourages participants to reduce their overall emissions – please refer to the CRC Annual Reports below for more details

Helping businesses

We encourage Camden organisations in the public and private sectors to produce similar reports. We are working with businesses to support the Council’s commitment to a borough-wide reduction in emissions of 40% by 2020. Please visit Camden Climate Change Alliance for more information.