Desalination Plant Amongst Biggest Contributor To Council’s Carbon Footprint

Desalination plant to be replaced

St Mary’s desalination plant accounted for almost 60% of the Council’s electricity usage during 2011.

That’s according to greenhouse gas emission data submitted to the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Local authorities have been required to calculate their emissions since 2008 and the information goes towards measuring the UK’s overall carbon targets.

The Council’s total emissions last year came to 1.10m tons of CO2, down 2% from the previous year but up 9% since 2008, which is used by the government as a baseline.

The higher emissions in 2010 were put down to an exceptionally cold winter that year.

The Council says there is a general trend towards increasing water usage, mainly to service the tourism industry here, which is reflected in the higher electricity consumption of the desalination plant.

It’s hoped that the planned upgrades to the machinery and the installation of solar power at the Mount Todden site will reduce this significantly in the future.

The data covers the emissions produced by the Council’s buildings, plant and vehicles as well as electricity bought in from suppliers.

But it doesn’t cover CO2 produced by burning waste in the incinerator, although the fuel used to power it is included.

It also omits travel by boat between the islands and by plane to the mainland although it’s hoped that this data will be included in the future.