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Tackling climate change

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.

What are we doing to reduce emissions?

The Council is working with all sectors of the community to encourage and support them in reducing the city's carbon footprint.

A number of major projects are underway that are helping to reduce the city's carbon emissions, these include:

West Midlands regional energy system operator (RESO) project

The West Midlands regional energy system operator (RESO) project looks to explore the advantages of a new kind of energy system operating at a city scale. The new system will include local low carbon energy generation, storage and management and will integrate future mobility assets such as electric vehicles into its overall envelope. The approach will be replicable to unlock benefits in wider city and suburban areas. A local energy system moves away from a traditional large power station approach and takes advantage of the large detailed data flows supported by superfast digital networks. This allows thousands of small energy interactions between all the components to balance and optimise local energy flows. If the local energy system design is successful, it should avoid the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades as the energy flows will be managed at a local level. This localised approach is already being developed at a campus scale at Warwick University. The RESO project seeks to understand whether it can be applied at a larger scale with multiple customers, with the city of Coventry leading the way to become the first of its kind. A critical part of the project’s development is how to incentivise multi-levelled participation in a fully integrated local energy system, from individual householders and small businesses to large scale renewable generators.  The RESO project team is a group of leading-edge partners, led by Energy Capital part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), including Coventry City Council, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, ENZEN Global Ltd, Electron Ltd, Camirus Ltd, Western Power Distribution (WPD), Cadent Gas, and Places in Common. The total project value is £2.62 million, of which £1.54 million is directly grant funded by Innovate UK.  If you are interested in engaging as a local stakeholder of the project then please email us direct. The final design of West Midlands RESO project will be November 2021 which will look at new energy system including low carbon energy generation, storage and management.

Green Business Programme

The Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme is committed to helping local small to medium sized businesses overcome barriers to energy and resource efficiency and give smaller business access to trusted advice and financial support to unlock low carbon opportunities.  Energy efficiency and low carbon grants of up to £50,000 are available to businesses with fewer than 250 employees.  Grants are available for new LED lighting, renewable energy, energy efficient equipment, and new efficient heating systems, plus much more.  The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.

Business Sustain

Business Sustain are a team of sustainability consultants based within Coventry City Council providing national businesses of all sizes with environmental management assistance. They provide bespoke registers of environmental and also health and safety legislation informing clients of the laws that need to be complied with.  They conduct confidential site specific environmental legislation compliance audits and also provide bespoke environmental consultancy to support clients with their environmental management systems to maintain ISO14001 requirements such as training, mentoring new environmental managers and conducting internal environmental audits.

Green Week

The Green Business Programme team also work with both of the universities in the city and help run the annual Green Week in March.

Supporting the Green Economy

The Council is supporting the green economy and delivering on the UK’s industrial strategy “future of mobility” grand challenge with a new national facility for battery manufacturing development based in Coventry.

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)

The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) is an innovative partnership between Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Warwick Manufacturing Group to build an open access research facility which supports the transition of the UK to become a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of batteries for vehicle electrification. Located on the outskirts of Coventry, the UKBIC will secure our region’s place at the forefront of technological development for the automotive sector. The UKBIC will promote industrial collaboration to explore and prove new manufacturing techniques, shaping the future of the emerging battery industry. It will create new employment opportunities, develop skills for the future automotive sector and unlock further R&D and investment throughout the supply chain. The 'Module and Pack’ assembly line is now operational at the £130 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.

Coventry district heating scheme - Heatline

Heatline is another major project that was implemented within the city. Council buildings including the Council House, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum - Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre and the Cathedral are heated via 6.6km of buried pipes which bring waste heat from the Waste to Energy plant to the city centre. The Wave water park is also heated via Heatline. The scheme incorporates a 650,000 litre thermal storage vessel. It has the potential to expand throughout the city centre and is a great low carbon energy supply option for new developments. Savings of approximately 1,100 tCO2per year compared to the emissions that would result from the connected buildings using conventional gas boilers.

Street Lighting 

Coventry is the UK's first city with centrally controlled dimming street lighting. 28,700 new PFI lighting columns were installed between 2010 and 2015. All lighting columns are targeted downwards to reduce light pollution and this has provided 38% energy reduction across the city saving just over 5,000 tonnes of carbon since 2012.  

Affordable warmth and fuel poverty programmes

Our Affordable Warmth Team are committed to helping those in fuel poverty.  They work in partnership with several other organisations to secure funding and support to help tackle fuel poverty in Coventry, including funding from Public Health, iBCF and disabled facilities grant (DFG). .  They provide advice and information to owner occupiers, tenants and private landlords on a range of energy efficiency related topics including grants, switching tariffs, bill and debt queries, energy saving advice and energy efficiency measures.  

Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Phase 1A

Coventry City Council are working with local charity, Act on Energy, to offer homeowners funding towards the cost of new energy efficiency measures. Up to £10,000 is available towards the cost of external wall insulation through the government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. External wall insulation is fitted to the outside of your property to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It can help to improve the thermal comfort of your property and save you money on your energy bills. To be eligible for this support you will need to own your property, have a gross household income below £30,000 and your property will need to have an EPC rating of E, F or G. If you currently don’t have an EPC, Act on Energy can arrange this as part of the eligibility checks. To apply for this grant or to find out more information, call Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881

European City Facility (EUCF) Funding – Feasibility Studies

A series of 3 feasibility studies looking into:

Zero-carbon mini hubs

Technical appraisal and design of a city centre “Zero Carbon Mini Hub” that combines renewables and storage to enable high-capacity EV charging at scale with minimal cost of grid upgrades.

HGV feasibility assessment

Business case on refuse vehicles to enable informed purchase selection in the next vehicle replacement cycle. Will cover both electric and hydrogen-based RCVs and associated infrastructure. “Mini Hub” concept would be part of the electric business case.

Solar PV

Business case to identify options for public investment to accelerate PV retrofit deployment in Coventry to maximise local generation potential. This builds on our example of fitting Solar PV to our own properties through the ERDF project. These could be future deployment sites for the “Mini Hub” concept.

Coventry Energy Innovation Zone

To stimulate clean energy innovation to drive productivity, exports and growth. Unlike existing approaches, they will work not only to demonstrate new technologies, but also to turn them into fully commercial propositions.

On-street EV Chargers

Further ongoing projects of course include electric vehicles and charging infrastructure development. Coventry City Council has partnered with EO Charging to create one of the UK’s only truly open fast charging networks The network of EV charging points accessible to the public in Coventry has reached 460.  This is more than any other local authority area in the UK outside London.

Very Light Rail

£14.6m of funding has also been secured to allow development of a Very Light Rail. The first one in the UK - vehicles will be battery operated using rapid charging solutions which will mean they will not require overhead cables like a traditional tram system. Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), and Warwick’s School of Engineering, are also developing a novel track solution for the system, which will be lightweight, low cost and easily embedded into roads. Very light rail will be quicker and cheaper to build and run than any of the tram systems currently operating in the UK. This very light rail system will establish the City as a trailblazer in adopting new transport technology, helping to improve air quality and reduce congestion.

Go Electric taxi scheme

A £2,500 incentive for taxi drivers to switch to EV. Electric taxis loan scheme and charging points are part of a city-wide drive to cut air pollution. AQ Early Measures programme has delivered first tranche of electric taxis.  Licensing requirements mean that by 2025 all taxis will be zero-emission

Electric buses

The Council has received £2.2 million of Government funding to invest in greener, cleaner buses for the city. 10 fully electric buses in collaboration with National Express now operate on major routes through the city that experience high levels of congestion and have been identified as air quality hotspots. In addition £50m additional Government grant is due to be awarded to enable delivery of full electrification of the fleet by 2025.

Electric Fleet First - Try before you buy scheme

Thanks to funding from Highways England, Coventry City Council is providing electric vehicles for local organisations to trial. The two-year project will support efforts to reduce NO2 emissions on the local and strategic road network by encouraging businesses to switch to electric vans, pool cars and taxis.

Bike Share Scheme

Coventry is now home to the West Midlands Cycle Hire. Providing residents and visitors a convenient and sustainable alternative to the car for shorter journeys. Bikes will be available to hire 24/7 from 20 docking stations located across the city.  

Cycle Network

Coundon Cycle Route is under construction – completion by end of 2021.  Binley Cycle Route is being designed – delivery by 2023.  University routes partially completed with improved and extended routes by 2022.  Foleshill Road due 2021/22.  .

Recyclable Road Resurface

The Council is trialling using recyclable materials in tarmac. The trial involved Montalt Road, a residential road in Coventry being resurfaced using material containing two different types of plastic pellets, recycled rubber, and SMA. The pellets where used as a binding agent, replaced much of the bitumen which is a fossil fuel, to help reduce the carbon footprint of the process. One quarter of the road was resurfaced using rubber ‘crumbs’ that have come from old vehicle tyres while the remaining quarter was resurfaced using traditional asphalt. The road will be monitored to see if these alternatives are as hard-wearing and effective as the traditional materials. It is estimated that 750 waste tyres can be reused and recycled for every kilometre of road.

Proposal of a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)

Creation of a 175,000-tonne capacity facility in Coventry which will increase recycling rates and reduce carbon emissions.

Greenspace Strategy

The Council has also developed a Greenspace Strategy to provide a strategic framework for the future management of Coventry City’s parks and green spaces whilst also addressing the requirements of sustainability and supporting the regeneration of the City.

CDP Global

The city has been recognised as a global leader on climate action and transparency, achieving a place on the CDP’s Global Cities A- List, which proves our commitment to tackling climate change now and, in the future.

Independent Sustainable Development Commission and Climate Change Strategy

There are plans to set up an independent ‘Sustainable Development Commission’ to address the major challenges of climate change and loss of biodiversity with key stakeholders. Development of a new climate change strategy engaging with key stakeholders. The strategy will be at the forefront of low carbon innovation to benefit the local economy.

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