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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

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… declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 to build on work and give it renewed impetus as well as recognising the immediate threat that a changing climate means for us and future generations. In doing so the council resolved to: • Make Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council operations carbon neutral by Dec 2025 by ensuring that 100% of its heating and electrical needs are met from renewable sources…

… of fuel poverty and ensuring no increase in inequality • Protection of biodiversity • Creation of new jobs and economic growth/ recovery Glossary Greenhouse Gas (GHG) – these gases trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and prevent it escaping into space. This effect causes climate change. The main greenhouse gas is Carbon Dioxide (CO2) but there are other greenhouse gases – methane (CH4…

… baseline. Borough-wide emissions The baseline carbon footprint of the borough is around 999,000 tonnes of CO2. This is based on latest national government datasets from 2018. 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 -100 -200 lockup Industry Homes Travel Land use This baseline includes: • Energy used in manufacturing and process industries • Building emissions – from energy used to heat

… In the borough, the main pollutant of concern is nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which primarily arises from the use of vehicles. Other sources include domestic and commercial heating (combustion). We use ‘diffusion tubes’ to measure levels of NO2 in the air at a number of locations throughout the borough. The monitoring locations change regularly, usually every 12 months. This robust monitoring process…

… to tackling the Climate Emergency commitments, both for our council operations and borough-wide emissions, and air quality will be focused in 6 main categories: • Action by all – the need for everyone in the borough to contribute • Buildings – tackling emissions from heating and powering our buildings • Transport - tackling emissions from vehicles • Zero carbon electricity – supporting…


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