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Carbon Footprint of the UK government - measure of the C footprint of the top 5 government departments - EV0447

The aim of this project is to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the departmental spending of 8 central government departments. The project used a methodology and data that was centrally available and enabled development of a departmental total carbon footprint, quickly, and with limited resource required from the departments. The study gathered existing centrally reported data from the PSPES reporting system which captures expenditure with third parties to provide a consistent comparable data source for multi-departmental analysis and used a method of emissions calculation called Input Output Assessment (IOA) based on national industry sector level emission intensity factors (CO2e/£ expenditure)

The specific objectives of the study are to:

• Identify the most significant sources of GHG emissions for a selection of government departments
• In particular, explain how procurement of goods and services contribute to overall emissions
• Determine the availability, completeness and robustness of data available
Project Documents
• Final Report : Greenhouse Gas Footprint Analysis of Departmental Supply-Chains   (1583k)
• Final Report - Annex : Annex: Top Level Department Specific Carbon Footprint for Defra/DECC   (1774k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £48,375
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Best Foot Forward
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production