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City of Lincoln Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on July 23, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2030

“City of Lincoln Council passed a motion by full council to declare a Climate and Environmental emergency in July 2019. A copy of the declaration can be viewed here The motion commits to working with key stakeholders to achieve an aspiration, area wide target of net carbon zero 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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

SectionCity of Lincoln CouncilAverage district council
Total score19%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
7/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
4/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

319.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

3.2 tCO2e

per capita

8.9 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 City of Lincoln 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
Norwich City Council82%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham82%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Leicester City Council82%Yes2030Feb. 1, 2019
Sheffield City Council80%No2050Feb. 6, 2019
Coventry City Council80%NoNo targetJune 18, 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council79%Yes2030April 3, 2019
Nottingham City Council79%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council79%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Bristol City Council78%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Chesterfield Borough Council77%Yes2030July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham83%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Nottingham City Council82%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Norwich City Council81%Yes2030Jan. 29, 2019
Eastbourne Borough Council80%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Exeter City Council80%Yes2022July 23, 2019
Stevenage Borough Council79%Yes2030June 12, 2019
Gloucester City Council78%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council78%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority77%Yes2040April 28, 2019
London Borough of Wandsworth77%Yes2050July 17, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North Kesteven District Council97%Yes2030July 11, 2019
West Lindsey District Council97%Yes2050No
Lincolnshire County Council95%Yes2050No

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
Chesterfield Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
London Borough of Enfield96%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Bristol City Council95%Yes2025Nov. 13, 2018
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council94%Yes2030May 23, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council94%Yes2030No
Plymouth City Council94%Yes2030March 18, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council93%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council92%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Durham County Council91%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Ipswich Borough Council91%Yes2030July 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to City of Lincoln 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
Stoke-on-Trent City Council100%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Harlow Council100%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Exeter City Council100%Yes2022July 23, 2019
Salford City Council100%No2038July 17, 2019
Middlesbrough Borough Council100%Yes2029Sept. 4, 2019
Worcester City Council100%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Cambridge City Council100%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Hastings Borough Council100%Yes2030Feb. 13, 2019
Crawley Borough Council100%Yes2050July 17, 2019
Tamworth Borough Council100%No2050Oct. 19, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

City of Lincoln 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.

    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
    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

    lincoln.gov.uk
    City of Lincoln Council’s official homepage.
    @lincolncouncil
    City of Lincoln Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check City of Lincoln 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 City of Lincoln Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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