eNewsletter Winter 2019

Peterborough Environment Capital

Zero Carbon Energy


zero carbonWhy we need to reduce carbon emissions?:
We need energy to heat our homes, light our streets, run our computers at work, and power our kitchen appliances. Our demand for energy is increasing as we invent more “must have” gadgets, increase our use of IT and switch to electric cars. In the UK energy is predominantly provided by fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, oil) or electricity generated from fossil fuels. Our current energy consumption in Peterborough results in 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum [1], 0.3% of the UK total. However Peterborough’s emissions per person are higher than the UK figure, 7.2 tonnes of carbon per capita compared to 6.6.

What we need to do:
To become zero carbon we have to improve our energy efficiency and increase the amount of renewable energy generated. Furthermore, reducing our dependence on current sources of energy will reduce our exposure to future energy price rises and improve our energy security.

Tips and ideas on how you can reduce your carbon emissions can be found in our Get Involved area.

Peterborough is already working to reduce carbon emissions:

  •  12,000 pupils have taken part in ‘Powerdown’ to raise awareness of energy issues.

  • The council has reduced CO2 emissions by 15% since 2008.

  • Per capita CO2 emissions have reduced from 8.1 tonnes (2005) to 6.3 tonnes (2011).


  • 16% of households' energy bills are spent on devices left on standby.

  • Each year energy costs Peterborough £144m: the council spends £6.7m plus a tax of £288k.

Targets to 2020:

  • Reduce per capita CO2 emissions to 4.5 tonnes.
  • Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) will provide energy advice support to 2,000 households.
  • 100% of schools in the area will be offered specialist support to embed sustainability via PECT.
  • Seek to take advantage of grant funding to increase energy efficiency and the uptake of renewable energy.
  • Queensgate will reduce its energy use by a further 5%.


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[1] 2010 figure taken from NI 186 data published by DECC in 2012.  
[2] Investors in the Environment scheme


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