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
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.