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Ceredigion County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on March 5, 2020.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Ceredigion councillors have supported a motion to make Ceredigion County Council a net zero carbon local authority 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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SectionCeredigion County CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score34%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
4/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

459.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.3 tCO2

per person

0.3 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

32%

Domestic

27%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

33%

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 Ceredigion County 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
Powys County Council73%No2030July 30, 2020
Carmarthenshire County Council69%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Gwynedd County Council66%No2030March 7, 2019
West Devon Borough Council65%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council63%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Torridge District Council62%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Herefordshire Council61%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Eden District Council60%No2030July 11, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council60%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council60%No2030May 2, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Ceredigion County 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
Scottish Borders Council89%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Powys County Council87%No2030July 30, 2020
South Lakeland District Council85%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council81%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council78%Yes2045No
Dumfries and Galloway Council78%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council77%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council77%Yes2050No
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council77%NoNo targetNo
Ribble Valley Borough Council77%No2030No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Carmarthenshire County Council93%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Powys County Council88%No2030July 30, 2020
Gwynedd County Council88%No2030March 7, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council83%Yes2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Ceredigion County 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
Gwynedd County Council91%No2030March 7, 2019
West Devon Borough Council90%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Torridge District Council84%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Carmarthenshire County Council76%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Pembrokeshire County Council75%Yes2030May 9, 2019
North Norfolk District Council75%Yes2030April 24, 2019
Ryedale District Council74%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Mid Ulster District Council74%NoNo targetNo
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council71%Yes2050Feb. 4, 2020
Powys County Council71%No2030July 30, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Ceredigion County 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
Aberdeenshire Council85%No2045No
Ryedale District Council81%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
West Devon Borough Council77%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council77%No2030May 2, 2020
Mid Ulster District Council77%NoNo targetNo
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council77%No2040July 2, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council75%No2045No
The Moray Council74%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council72%NoNo targetOct. 7, 2019
Eden District Council71%No2030July 11, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Ceredigion County Council is a Unitary Authority, 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.

    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
    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 local authority powers across the UK, at The Institute for Government.

    More about this council

    ceredigion.gov.uk
    Ceredigion County Council’s official homepage.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Ceredigion County 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 Ceredigion County Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Ceredigion County Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/ceredigion-county-council/ [Accessed 22 May 2022].

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