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Cumbria County Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2050

“The council is now working towards the international, national and regional aspiration to achieve a low/net zero carbon economy by 2050 and is embedding the impacts of climate change in all council strategies.”

Climate documents

Last update: March 16, 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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SectionCumbria County CouncilAverage county council
Total score16%40%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
1/21
8.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
6.6/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
3/5
2.7/5
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
4.7/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
0/5
2.4/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
2/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.2/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
0/5
1.7/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
1.5/4

Emissions data

3057.5 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.1 tCO2

per person

0.4 ktCO2

per km2

9%

Commercial

29%

Domestic

30%

Industry

3%

Public Sector

28%

Transport

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

These councils are the most similar to Cumbria 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
Northumberland Council84%Yes2030June 11, 2019
East Ayrshire Council73%No2030No
Allerdale Borough Council73%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
South Ayrshire Council72%No2045No
Carlisle City Council71%No2030March 5, 2019
South Lakeland District Council71%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary70%No2030May 16, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council69%Yes2030No
Ribble Valley Borough Council69%No2030No
North Lincolnshire Council68%No2030No

These councils are the most similar to Cumbria 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
Ribble Valley Borough Council87%No2030No
Dumfries and Galloway Council87%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Isle of Anglesey County Council86%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
Northumberland Council85%Yes2030June 11, 2019
South Ayrshire Council85%No2045No
Carmarthenshire County Council81%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Derbyshire County Council81%Yes2032No
North Yorkshire County Council79%Yes2030No
Argyll and Bute Council79%Yes2045No

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Lakeland District Council94%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council94%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Copeland Borough Council93%Yes2050No
Eden District Council92%No2030July 11, 2019
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council91%No2037July 16, 2019
Carlisle City Council90%No2030March 5, 2019
Lancaster City Council89%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Craven District Council82%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council80%Yes2025June 27, 2019
Richmondshire District Council80%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cumbria 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
South Ayrshire Council91%No2045No
Allerdale Borough Council90%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Northumberland Council89%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Carlisle City Council89%No2030March 5, 2019
West Lindsey District Council87%Yes2050No
Lincolnshire County Council83%Yes2050No
North Devon Council81%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council78%Yes2035July 16, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council78%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
East Suffolk Council77%No2030July 24, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Cumbria 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
North Devon Council88%Yes2030July 24, 2019
East Ayrshire Council87%No2030No
Denbighshire County Council86%No2030July 2, 2019
South Lakeland District Council86%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Northumberland Council85%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Shropshire Council - Unitary83%No2030May 16, 2019
Chichester District Council81%Yes2025July 9, 2019
East Lothian Council81%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council81%Yes2030June 26, 2019
North Yorkshire County Council81%Yes2030No

Powers & Responsibilities

Cumbria County Council is a County Council, 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
    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.

    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.

    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 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 English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    cumbria.gov.uk
    Cumbria County Council’s official homepage.

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

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