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Dumfries and Galloway Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 27, 2019.

Whole area pledge for 2025

“We recognise the challanges ahead to tackle climate change and, whilst we have already made significant strides towars achievement of a regional net zero carbon status, we will seek to achieve this outcome by the year 2025 and, wherever possible embrace opporuntities to accelerate our target date.”

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.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

SectionDumfries and Galloway CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score20%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
14/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
1/9
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
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions reduction projects

Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish yearly data on their compliance with their climate change duties – including the emissions reduction projects they are undertaking.

See all of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s projects

35

Projects

1.0 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£34,835,000

Total capital cost

Emissions data

973.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

6.5 tCO2

per person

0.1 ktCO2

per km2

10%

Commercial

27%

Domestic

31%

Industry

2%

Public Sector

30%

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 Dumfries and Galloway 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
Scottish Borders Council77%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Powys County Council72%No2030July 30, 2020
Eden District Council65%No2030July 11, 2019
Ceredigion County Council61%Yes2030March 5, 2020
Ryedale District Council61%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Perth and Kinross Council60%No2045No
Gwynedd County Council57%No2030March 7, 2019
Angus Council57%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Cumbria County Council56%Yes2050No
Richmondshire District Council56%Yes2030July 23, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Dumfries and Galloway 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
Northumberland Council88%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Cumbria County Council88%Yes2050No
Isle of Anglesey County Council87%Yes2030Sept. 8, 2020
South Lakeland District Council83%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Ribble Valley Borough Council82%No2030No
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council80%Yes2030July 10, 2019
Angus Council80%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council80%Yes2045No
Carmarthenshire County Council80%Yes2030Feb. 20, 2019
North Norfolk District Council80%Yes2030April 24, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Dumfries and Galloway Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Ayrshire Council91%No2030No
South Lanarkshire Council90%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
South Ayrshire Council88%No2045No
Allerdale Borough Council88%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019
Cumbria County Council83%Yes2050No
Carlisle City Council82%No2030March 5, 2019
Scottish Borders Council80%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020

These councils are the most similar to Dumfries and Galloway 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
Eden District Council89%No2030July 11, 2019
Powys County Council88%No2030July 30, 2020
Ryedale District Council72%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Scottish Borders Council70%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Orkney Islands Council63%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Ceredigion County Council59%Yes2030March 5, 2020
The Moray Council57%Yes2030June 27, 2019
West Devon Borough Council57%Yes2030May 21, 2019
Gwynedd County Council56%No2030March 7, 2019
Angus Council53%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Dumfries and Galloway 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
Scottish Borders Council93%Yes2045Sept. 5, 2020
Perth and Kinross Council86%No2045No
Powys County Council81%No2030July 30, 2020
Ryedale District Council74%No2050Oct. 10, 2019
Eden District Council71%No2030July 11, 2019
Aberdeenshire Council70%No2045No
Richmondshire District Council69%Yes2030July 23, 2019
The Moray Council68%Yes2030June 27, 2019
Orkney Islands Council66%YesNo targetMay 14, 2019
Ceredigion County Council64%Yes2030March 5, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Dumfries and Galloway 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

    dumgal.gov.uk
    Dumfries and Galloway Council’s official homepage.
    @DGCouncil
    Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Dumfries and Galloway Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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    mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2022). Climate Action Plan Explorer: Dumfries and Galloway Council. Available at: http://data.climateemergency.uk/councils/dumfries-and-galloway-council/ [Accessed 27 Jun 2022].

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