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Energy use

This Freedom of Information request asks for details of our energy use in relation to our built assets.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI20949

Request

Thank you for your email of 6 March 2020 requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, as set out in the extract below:

  1. Excluding EPC ratings, does your organisation measure carbon emissions due to energy use in relation to your built assets? Yes / No / Partially / Don’t know
  2. What was the annual carbon footprint (in CO2) of your organisation’s HQ building in 2018?
  3. Does your organisation have a carbon emissions reduction plan in place, for energy use related to your built assets? Yes / No / Don’t know
  4. With the UK Government having signed legislation to commit the UK to a legally binding target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, is your organisation already planning towards ‘net zero carbon’ operation by 2050? Yes / Partially / No / Don’t know

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested. Where the information is not held or exempt from disclosure this is stated. Taking each request in turn, I confirm the following:

1. Excluding EPC ratings, does your organisation measure carbon emissions due to energy use in relation to your built assets?

Yes.

2. What was the annual carbon footprint (in CO2) of your organisation’s HQ building in 2018?

I confirm we hold information for the total emissions for 2018-2019 in our annual report, the total (all scopes) was 3,819.8 (tCO2e).

We consider it to be reasonably accessible to you by other means (Section 21 of the FOIA) however, we have provided it to you on this occasion. Please see page 27 of our Annual Report (pdf).

Section 21 is an absolute exemption and therefore not subject to the public interest test.

3. Does your organisation have a carbon emissions reduction plan in place, for energy use related to your built assets?

No. We are currently looking at ISO14001 of which any subsequent emissions plans will be built into this.

4. With the UK Government having signed legislation to commit the UK to a legally binding target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, is your organisation already planning towards ‘net zero carbon’ operation by 2050?

Please see our response to question 3 above.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.  If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our Internal Review Officer by contacting them, within two months of receipt of our final response to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request, as follows:

Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

Contact us via our FoI form

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal, within three months of receiving our response, with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Further information can be found on the ICO website (ico.org.uk) under ‘Report a concern’ or you may wish to call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113.