> Penwith produced 379 kt of end user CO2 in 2008, the lowest in Cornwall and the fourth lowest in the South West. Between 2005 and 2008, end user CO2 emissions decreased by 3%.
> Penwith residents were responsible for a total of 5.9 tonnes of CO2 per capita in 2008. This was 24% lower than the average for Cornwall and the South West. This was the lowest in Cornwall and the ninth lowest in the South West. Between 2005 and 2008 per capita emissions reduced by 5% in Penwith.
> There are 30 river water bodies within Penwith. Our latest assessment of these classified 3.4% as poor, 83.3% as moderate and 13.3% as good.
> Penwith is the smallest district authority area in the South West, with just over 307,000 m2 within its realm, with just 9% of the 3,606,000 m2 total area of Cornwall.
> The population of Penwith was estimated to be 64,300 in June 2010, 1.2% of the South West’s total population of 5,273,700.
> A larger percentage of Penwith's population is of retirement age (23.5%) than seen regionally (19.6%) or nationally (16.5%).
> The number of households in the former area of Penwith District Council are predicted to increase by 24%
> Larger population centres within Penwith where there is risk of flooding include : St Ives, and Hayle.
> There is a Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (CAMS) for West Cornwall and its streams.
> In 2006, an average UK citizen had an eco-footprint of 4.64gha, which is significantly above the available budget of 1.89 gha. The South West Regional average was 4.74 gha . Penwith citizens had an average eco-footprint of 4.69 gha.
> Cornwall Council had an allocation of 145,554 tonnes and only landfilled 134,913 tonnes (92.7%) of their Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW).