The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with the operations of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have been quantified according to the GHG Protocol, Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard following the operational control approach. Seven types of greenhouse gases are included in the Kyoto Protocol and are required for reporting under the GHG Protocol. They are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride. The total emissions are measured in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
This report covers the activities of the SGS college activities only and excludes those of the academy and commercial services. The SECR required data is based on energy consumption at the Stroud, Filton North, Filton South, WISE and Queen's campuses, plus business travel in private vehicles.
There are no joint ventures or similar investments in other organisations or UK based locations beyond those listed above.
The majority of the financial year took place in 2021 and uses 2021 BEIS Greenhouse Gas conversion factors as stipulated by BEIS. The SECR regulations require publishing the locational footprint, which requires the use of carbon conversion factors suited to the locality of consumption. However, this would not reflect the impact of renewable electricity purchasing, and therefore, the "Market based" footprint is also presented per the GHG protocol. The intensity factor has been calculated using the "Market based" footprint.
The electricity consumption has been sourced from monthly electricity data. Gas consumption is based on monthly billed consumption.
The use of private vehicles for business purposes has been calculated using the organisation's expense data for average vehicles of unknown fuel types.
The reporting period overlaps the local and national restrictions in the UK as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during which SGS's operations within the UK were affected significantly. Reductions in business travel, an increase in working from home and changes to the building's facilities to support COVID-secure working practices are likely to result in an atypical year for the organisation's energy use and carbon emissions particularly used for comparative purposes.