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Measuring the pan-government carbon footprint - EV0464

The aim of this project is to calculate the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with Central Government activity. The project will deliver a high-level assessment of emissions associated with the public sector as a whole and central government.

The specific objectives are to:
1. Identify the most significant sources of GHG emissions by
a) Scope 1, 2 & 3 of the GHG protocol; and by
b) Product or service group (we use the terms 'product group' and 'commodity group' as synonymous and interpret 'products' to include 'goods and services'). By 'group' we mean the sector level groupings used in national economic accounting, usually 123.
2. Explain how procurement of goods and services contribute to overall emissions.
3. Determine the availability, completeness and robustness of data available.
4. Propose measures for Government to improve their information gathering/collection processes for measuring GHG emissions
5. Suggest the most effective opportunities for Government to reduce emissions, both for individual departments and across particular product or service groups
Project Documents
• Final Report : A Greenhouse Gas Footprint Analysis of UK Central Government, 1990-2008   (598k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2010

Cost: £12,700
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Centre for Sustanability Accounting Ltd
Climate Change              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production