Coventry's carbon footprint

A carbon footprint is the measure of the total greenhouse gas emissions (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) for which an individual or organisation or community is responsible.

What is Coventry's carbon footprint?

Coventry's carbon dioxide emissions, based upon fossil fuel and electricity consumption by business, public sector, domestic housing and road transport are reported each year by the Government.

A graphs showing Coventry annual city emissions (ktCO2e) between 2005 and 2019.
Coventry annual city emissions (ktCO2e) 2005 - 2019

What are Coventry's carbon dioxide emissions reduction targets?

The Climate Change Strategy, published in 2012, set a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 27.5% by the year 2020 when compared to 2005 levels.

The published figures demonstrate that Coventry met this target in 2014 and is continuing to reduce. 

In 2005, the carbon footprint baseline year, the city emitted just over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The latest figures (2018) from Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show that the city emitted 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. A reduction of 39% since 2005. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions for each Coventry resident falling from 6.9 tonnes to 3.8 tonnes.