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Carlisle City Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 5, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Carlisle City Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions, both as an organisation and as the Local Planning Authority and resolves to go further than the UK100 Agreement and to act in line with the scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions to net zero by 2030, and therefore commits to: Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action. Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030.”

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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Carlisle City Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionCarlisle City CouncilAverage district council
Total score54%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
14/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
5/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
3/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

582.1 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

5.4 tCO2

per person

0.6 ktCO2

per km2

13%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

25%

Industry

4%

Public Sector

26%

Transport

Data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “subset dataset”, representing carbon dioxide emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City 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
Scarborough Borough Council76%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
South Ayrshire Council76%No2045No
West Lothian Council73%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Midlothian Council71%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Fife Council71%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority71%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council69%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Wyre Council69%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council68%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council68%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City 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
Scarborough Borough Council89%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Harrogate Borough Council82%No2038April 10, 2019
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council82%No2040Sept. 19, 2019
Nottinghamshire County Council82%No2030May 27, 2021
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council79%No2030Oct. 30, 2019
East Riding of Yorkshire Council77%No2050Feb. 24, 2021
Cumbria County Council77%Yes2050No
West Lothian Council76%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council76%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020

These councils grographically border or overlap with Carlisle City Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Eden District Council92%No2030July 11, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council91%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council90%Yes2050No
Scottish Borders Council88%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Northumberland Council86%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council80%Yes2025June 27, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City 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
South Ayrshire Council93%No2045No
Allerdale Borough Council90%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council89%Yes2050No
Newark and Sherwood District Council87%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Bassetlaw District Council87%NoNo targetNo
Sedgemoor District Council87%Yes2030March 20, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council86%Yes2050No
Norfolk County Council86%No2030No
South Lanarkshire Council85%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
East Suffolk Council85%No2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Carlisle City 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
South Ayrshire Council94%No2045No
Derry City and Strabane District Council90%Yes2045June 27, 2019
South Kesteven District Council89%Yes2050Sept. 26, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council88%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council88%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Boston Borough Council87%NoNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Stroud District Council87%No2030Dec. 13, 2018
Midlothian Council86%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Tewkesbury Borough Council86%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council85%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

Carlisle City Council is a Non-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.

    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.

    Housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
    • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

    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
    Waste collection

    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

    carlisle.gov.uk
    Carlisle City Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Carlisle City 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 Carlisle City Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Carlisle City Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/carlisle-city-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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