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Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Sept. 18, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2040

“Barnsley Council set out in its climate emergency declaration in September 2019 an ambitious and realistic vision for the borough to become net Zero Carbon by 2045 (Zero45) and as an organisation to lead by example to become net zero carbon by 2040 (Zero40).”

Whole area pledge for 2045

“Barnsley Council set out in its climate emergency declaration in September 2019 an ambitious and realistic vision for the borough to become net Zero Carbon by 2045 (Zero45).”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionBarnsley Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score43%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
6/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
1/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

1138.8 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.6 tCO2e

per capita

3.5 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Pendle Borough Council83%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2040Sept. 19, 2019
Kirklees Council80%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council79%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council79%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Rossendale Borough Council78%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority77%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council77%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council76%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Darlington Borough Council76%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Rossendale Borough Council89%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Fife Council87%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Melton Borough Council86%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Rother District Council84%Yes2030Sept. 16, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council83%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council82%Yes2030No
Amber Valley Borough Council82%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Forest of Dean District Council81%Yes2030Dec. 6, 2018
East Ayrshire Council81%Yes2030No
Hyndburn Borough Council81%No2030Sept. 19, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Sheffield City Council97%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council96%Yes2030May 23, 2019
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority96%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Kirklees Council95%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 30, 2019
High Peak Borough Council92%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2040Sept. 19, 2019
Derbyshire County Council90%Yes2032No

These councils are the most similar to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Thanet District Council96%Yes2030July 11, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council96%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council95%Yes2050No
Great Yarmouth Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
North East Combined Authority93%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Torfaen County Borough Council92%NoNo targetJune 25, 2019
Hastings Borough Council91%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Sunderland City Council91%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Peterborough City Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council90%YesNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Welwyn Hatfield Council99%Yes2030June 19, 2019
St Albans City and District Council98%Yes2030July 9, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead98%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Essex County Council98%No2030No
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority98%No2040Nov. 7, 2019
Tees Valley Combined Authority98%NoNo targetNo
Peterborough City Council97%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Swindon Borough Council97%Yes2030No
West Yorkshire Combined Authority97%Yes2038June 27, 2019
Swansea City Council97%Yes2030June 27, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is a Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000. for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    barnsley.gov.uk
    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @barnsleycouncil
    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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