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Becoming Carbon Neutral

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 11:13 AM

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LASER Energy assists Tunbridge Wells Borough Council with Zero Carbon consultancy services.

LASER’s Zero Carbon Roadmap assists our customers on their journey towards becoming carbon neutral. LASER worked with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) to help them plan for this huge challenge by putting a good foundation in place from which they could make informed decisions around the best direction for the council.

Understand their organisation and determining which emissions should be included within the scope of the project was a key initial step. When this was completed an extensive data collection exercise was carried out with LASER providing templates and advice to assist wherever possible, although the fact that LASER held a lot of energy and water data accelerated the process greatly.

Once data had been gathered LASER calculated a carbon footprint, showing the emissions attributable to the council’s operations broken down in a number of different ways, which was of great interest to the council and helped identify the most significant sources of emissions.

Following this, LASER forecast how emissions would evolve as far as 2050 in a Business As Usual scenario. We then worked with TWBC to identify a set of initiatives that could potentially be undertaken to make progress towards their target of being carbon neutral for their own estate by 2030.

These initiatives were built into a model that demonstrated the impact on energy use, emissions and finance over the next decade. LASER created a number of scenarios to demonstrate the impact of the varying approaches which has given TWBC valuable insight and helped inform their strategic decision making.

The findings and options were summarised in a Carbon Descent Plan which is a substantive document providing background, industry context, a review of options available and a summary of the findings and proposed next steps.

As well as energy and carbon reduction and overarching project costs, the report also assesses potential offsetting costs under each of the separate scenarios, providing comparison and analysis. Additionally the plan explores various green energy procurement options that are currently available or likely to come onto the market in the near future.

In addition to the main project we also delivered an exercise to map TWBC’s pathway in alignment with the national and international commitments under the Paris Agreement and to carry out a high level assessment of their supply chain emissions.

TWBC were very pleased with the outputs and are now preparing to take their next steps on this journey.

 

Steve Marks is Carbon Strategy Lead at LASER and is one of our Carbon Net Zero Specialists

If you'd like to contact Steve about any of the information above, or other Carbon Net Zero queries, you can do that here:

zerocarbon@laserenergy.org.uk // 01622 236651