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 2018/19 data shows a 44% reduction in carbon emissions, which means that Camden has achieved its 2020 40% carbon reduction target a year early.

Download report summarising our progress made in the latest financial year: 2018/19 Footprint Report

Leading by example

Delivered continued emissions reductions demonstrate 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.

Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)

We have been a full participant under the UK Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). Under this scheme, we were required to report annual carbon emissions for qualifying energy supplies and to purchase carbon allowances to cover these. The scheme encouraged participants to reduce their overall emissions – please refer to the CRC Annual Reports below for more details. The CRC scheme came to an end after the 2018/19 reporting year.

CRC Annual Reports 

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.