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Copeland Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

We don’t think this council has declared a climate emergency – let us know if it has!

Whole area pledge for 2050

“The Cumbria Joint Public Health Strategy commits Cumbria to becoming a carbon neutral county. It is anticipated that this date will be before the 2050 requirement set out under the Climate Change Act of 2008.”

Climate documents

Last update: May 4, 2022

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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SectionCopeland Borough CouncilAverage district council
Total score25%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
8/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
1/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
2/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
3/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
1/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

245.2 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

0.3 ktCO2

per km2

6%

Commercial

47%

Domestic

15%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

29%

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 Copeland 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 Council68%No2030July 2, 2019
East Ayrshire Council68%No2030No
Bolsover District Council68%YesNo targetNo
Durham County Council65%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Cumbria County Council59%Yes2050No
Fife Council57%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council57%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Northumberland Council56%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Gwynedd County Council56%No2030March 7, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council56%No2030May 9, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Copeland 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
Three Rivers District Council86%No2030May 21, 2019
Sevenoaks District Council86%Yes2030No
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council85%Yes2030No
Fylde Borough Council83%NoNo targetNo
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council82%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council82%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council81%No2038March 28, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead81%No2050June 26, 2019
London Borough of Bromley80%Yes2029No
Ashfield District Council80%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Allerdale Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council94%No2037July 16, 2019
Cumbria County Council93%Yes2050No
South Lakeland District Council90%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Copeland 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
Denbighshire County Council87%No2030July 2, 2019
Wrexham County Borough Council84%No2030Sept. 25, 2019
Conwy County Borough Council84%No2030May 9, 2019
Folkestone and Hythe District Council83%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council83%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Swale Borough Council82%Yes2025June 26, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council82%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
East Lindsey District Council81%Yes2040No
Norfolk County Council80%No2030No
Fenland District Council79%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to Copeland 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 Kesteven District Council87%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Horsham District Council86%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council85%Yes2035July 16, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council85%No2040No
Rushcliffe Borough Council83%Yes2030March 7, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council83%NoNo targetNo
Allerdale Borough Council83%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Selby District Council81%Yes2030No
East Cambridgeshire District Council80%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Harborough District Council80%No2030June 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

Copeland Borough 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

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

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

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