Dorset's carbon footprint
In Dorset, in 2007, we produced 2.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO²) - 37% from energy use in our homes, 31.5 % from energy use in businesses and 31.5% from fuel in road transport. This equates to 6.9 tonnes per person in the county.
This data is produced annually by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for each local authority area in the UK. The data relates to National Indicator 186: Per capita reduction in CO2 emissions in local authority area.
The data is two years historical, therefore the latest data, published in November 2009, is for the calendar year 2007. Since the data was first collated in 2007 (for the calendar year 2005) Dorset's carbon footprint has reduced by 108,000 tonnes. Here is a breakdown of this data for each district and borough council (PDF, 13kb) (opens in a new window) in Dorset.
Each local authority in Dorset is also required to undertake a carbon footprint of its operations in order to meet National Indicator 185: CO2 emissions from local authority operations. This includes CO2 emissions from the energy it uses in its buildings; the fuel used by staff on business travel and within its fleet vehicles and, for the county council, from the energy used in street lighting. Find out how much carbon dioxide each local authority produces in Dorset (PDF, 16kb) (opens in a new window) .
All of the local authorities in Dorset are actively managing their carbon emissions through the development and delivery of carbon management action plans. The county council has had a carbon management plan in place since 2005 which it is currently reviewing and updating.