> Torbay produced 665 kt of end user CO2 in 2008, the fifteenth lowest for a local authority in the South West. Between 2005 and 2008, end user CO2 emissions reduced by 7%.
> Torbay produced the twelfth lowest amount of road transport CO2 emissions for a local authority in the South west and the 10th lowest for land use, land use change and forestry (3 kt).
> Torbay residents were responsible for a total of 5.0 tonnes of CO2 per capita in 2008, lower than the average for Devon and the South West. This was the second lowest in the region.
> Between 2005 and 2008 per capita emissions reduced by almost 8% in Torbay.
> 649 million vehicle kilometres were made in the Torbay unitary authority area in 2009. This was the second lowest recorded by a unitary or county council (behind the Isles of Scilly), accounting for 1.3% of the total for the region as a whole.
> Between 1993 and 2009, the total number of vehicle kilometres travelled within the Torbay area increased by 17%. This was lower than the percentage increase within the South West over the same period.
> There are 4 river water bodies within Torbay. Our latest assessment of these classified 100% as moderate.
> Torbay is the eighth smallest local authority area in the South West, just 2% of the area of the South West. The largest proportion of land in Torbay is classified as green space, accounting for 34,681 m2 or 55% of its total area.
> Torbay has a higher proportion of its land area covered by domestic buildings, with 6% (4,044 m2) compared to the county and regional average of 1%. There is also a significantly higher proportion of land covered by domestic gardens in the local authority area, with 22%.
> Around 8% of Torbay is covered by the road network, which is higher than the county and regional average of 2%.
> Torbay Council produced 601kg/household of residual waste which was the second highest to be produced in Devon
> Torbay Council in 2009/10 against the other South West Councils, was in the bottom half of the recycling league table with 35.7%.
> Torbay landfilled 33,785 tonnes, which was the third lowest amount of tonnes landfilled in the South West. However this equated to the third highest percentage landfilled in the South West (61.5%).
> The population of Torbay was estimated to be 134,300 in June 2010, almost 2.5% of the South West’s total population of 5,273,700.
> The number of households in Torbay in 2033 is predicted to be 24.6% (some 15,000 households) higher than in 2008, below the 30% increase predicted for the region as a whole.
> Larger population centres within Torbay where there is risk of flooding include Paignton.
> There is a Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (CAMS) for the Teign, Torbay and South Hams. It sets out how the Environment Agency will manage water abstraction until 2013 for the Avon, Dart and Erme and 2014 for the Teign and Torbay catchments.
> Torbay citizens had an average eco-footprint of 4.44 gha. This was the third lowest in both Devon and the South West Region
> Torbay Council had an allocation of 38,224 tonnes and only landfilled 29,355 tonnes (76.8%) of their Biodegradable Municipal Waste. This was the second lowest reported in the South West.