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Conwy County Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on May 9, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“Following the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency in 2019, we have developed a decarbonisation plan to show the route to becoming a net zero 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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

SectionConwy County Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score6%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
1/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
0/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
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
0/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

544.7 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.6 tCO2

per person

0.5 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

33%

Domestic

8%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

48%

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 Conwy County 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
Denbighshire County Council74%No2030July 2, 2019
Devon County Council73%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Monmouthshire County Council72%Yes2030May 16, 2019
Somerset West and Taunton Council70%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council70%No2030April 3, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary69%No2030May 16, 2019
Flintshire County Council69%NoNo targetNo
Staffordshire County Council69%Yes2050July 25, 2019
North Devon Council68%Yes2030July 24, 2019
East Staffordshire Borough Council67%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Conwy County 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
North Warwickshire Borough Council86%No2030Oct. 22, 2019
Cherwell District Council83%No2030July 22, 2019
Test Valley Borough Council83%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Harborough District Council83%No2030June 24, 2019
North Kesteven District Council82%Yes2030July 11, 2019
New Forest District Council81%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
South Oxfordshire District Council81%Yes2025April 11, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council80%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council80%NoNo targetNo
Devon County Council80%No2030Feb. 21, 2019

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Denbighshire County Council93%No2030July 2, 2019
Gwynedd County Council92%No2030March 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Conwy County 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
Breckland District Council94%Yes2035Sept. 19, 2019
North Devon Council93%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Norfolk County Council89%No2030No
Rother District Council88%No2030Sept. 16, 2019
South Ayrshire Council87%No2045No
Somerset West and Taunton Council85%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Devon County Council85%No2030Feb. 21, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council84%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Ashford Borough Council84%Yes2030No
Herefordshire Council84%Yes2030March 8, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Conwy County 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
North Ayrshire Council93%No2030June 25, 2019
High Peak Borough Council91%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council90%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
New Forest District Council87%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Wrexham County Borough Council87%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council86%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Lancaster City Council86%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council86%NoNo targetNo
Lichfield District Council86%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Buckinghamshire Council85%No2050No

Powers & Responsibilities

Conwy County Borough 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

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

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Conwy County Borough Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/conwy-county-borough-council/ [Accessed 23 May 2022].

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