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Decarbonising the Government

About our Decarbonisation Programme

We’re taking active steps to reduce carbon emissions from our operations in line with the Island’s commitments under the Carbon Neutral Roadmap.

Carbon Neutral Roadmap

A Decarbonisation Programme was established in 2022 focusing on our fleet vehicles and owned buildings, as well as engaging our employees to make low-carbon choices in their:

  • day-to-day work
  • decision-making
  • commute

Our strategy acknowledges that the required changes are significant. We’re undertaking a dual-track approach with initial measures to deliver immediate carbon reductions, while investing in long-term solutions to achieve the transition to net-zero 2050.

Reducing our vehicles carbon emissions

We have converted 253 (38%) of our diesel vehicles to Second Generation Renewable Diesel (SGRD), and have invested in 77 electric vehicles. To date (June 2023), this has reduced our carbon emissions by over 1000 tonnes CO2e since May 2022.

SGRD is an advanced version of what is commonly known as “biodiesel”. It is a fuel manufactured from sustainable crops and food waste that runs in normal diesel engines, without the need for any modifications. By using SGRD instead of diesel, CO2e is reduced by over 90%.

We’ll continue to grow the electric vehicle share of our fleet in the coming years, along with establishing a right-sized charging infrastructure to meet our needs.

We know that many staff use their own vehicles for work. A forthcoming survey aims to understand how we can provide more sustainable and low carbon solutions for all staff, not just the ones with access to Government of Jersey vehicles.

Find more information on the Government of Jersey Driving Down Carbon with Vegetable Oil.

Updating our buildings

The Government has an extensive estate with buildings of varying ages and conditions, so a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach would not be appropriate.

The Programme will run a series of pilots using various low-carbon technologies and building improvements. The aim is to ensure the investment in decarbonisation generates the required reductions in carbon emissions while reducing the long-run operating costs of the estate.

Improving our employees' carbon literacy

We view our employees as the key to reducing its operational emissions. The Decarbonising Government Programme focuses on improving the carbon literacy of our staff as well as participation in carbon-saving activities across the Government’s operations.

To track the Government’s progress, you can read our Sustainability Report in the Annual Report and Accounts. The report will continue to be enhanced to communicate our management of climate risks and impact of the Decarbonisation Programme. This is a journey to 2050, however we are committed and active in reducing our carbon impact, investing in the environmental wellbeing of current and future generations of Islanders. Find further information on Jersey Performance Framework.

Get involved

If you would like to get in touch about the programme email

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