Our vision

Our Vision is: To lead Malvern Hills District to become carbon neutral as quickly as possible and by 2050 at the latest, with at least a 50% reduction in the district’s carbon footprint by 2030.

The baseline for our vision is 2005, which is consistent with the Worcestershire Energy Strategy and national guidance.

In 2005 Malvern Hills District generated 507.2 thousand tonnes of carbon emissions (co2).

There has already been a 25% reduction in carbon emissions across the district between 2005 and 2017, which is the last year for which figures are available for.

The district generates 381,000 tonnes of co2 every year, amounting to 4.9 tonnes per person.

To achieve our vision we will need to remove or offset at least 128,000 tonnes of co2 by 2030 through schemes to reduce emissions and capture carbon.

The table below shows the current co2 emissions for the district broken down by sector. It excludes, heavy industry, agriculture and motorway emissions as these are beyond our direct influence and control. However, this does not mean we cannot and should not lobby for changes to transport and agricultural policy more widely.

Malvern Hills District Co2 emissions by sector 2017


Thousand tonnes of co2

Industry and commercial


Domestic (gas, electric, other fuels)


Transport (A roads, minor roads, other)





While there are many actions we can and must take locally, we will benefit from measures being put in place nationally to help reduce the district’s emissions.

The predicted impact of these national schemes by 2030, when combined with local initiatives, are:

  • Decarbonisation of National Grid -  76,300 tonnes of Co2
  • EV growth – 67,167 tonnes of Co2
  • MHDC going carbon neutral – 1,200 tonnes of Co2
  • Switching domestic oil use to bio fuel - 30,000 tonnes of Co2
  • 25% reduction non-electric car journeys – 17,168 tonnes of Co2


  • Planting 246,000 trees (or other carbon capture habitats) – 20,000 tonnes of Co2

Total reduction/offset: 194,667 tonnes

If these predictions are realised then it will mean a reduction since 2005 of 338,385 tonnes of co2 by 2030 or 67%.