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East Ayrshire Council

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Climate emergency declaration

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Council only pledge for 2030

“Agree to join the UK100 and endorse their Net Zero Local Leadership Pledge, which would commit the Council to the aim of reducingthe council’s carbonemissions to Net Zero by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2045

“Work with our residents and businesses to bring our wider communities’ emissions in line with Net Zero as soon as possible (and by 2045 at the latest).”

Climate documents

Last update: April 12, 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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SectionEast Ayrshire CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score35%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
4/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
5/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
1/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
5/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
3/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
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 East Ayrshire Council’s projects

57

Projects

21.2 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£18,844,752

Total capital cost

Emissions data

507.1 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

4.2 tCO2

per person

0.4 ktCO2

per km2

37%

Domestic

34%

Transport

13%

Industry

9%

Agriculture

4%

Commercial

4%

Public Sector

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 East Ayrshire 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 Council81%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Cumbria County Council78%Yes2050No
West Lancashire Borough Council77%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Denbighshire County Council76%No2030July 2, 2019
Argyll and Bute Council75%Yes2045No
South Ayrshire Council74%No2045No
Shropshire Council - Unitary74%No2030May 16, 2019
Angus Council74%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
East Lothian Council74%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
Allerdale Borough Council73%Yes2030Sept. 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to East Ayrshire 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
Inverclyde Council85%NoNo targetNo
Shropshire Council - Unitary85%No2030May 16, 2019
Gwynedd County Council84%No2030March 7, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council83%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Herefordshire Council82%Yes2030March 8, 2019
Northumberland Council80%Yes2030June 11, 2019
North Devon Council80%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Angus Council78%YesNo targetSept. 5, 2019
West Lindsey District Council76%Yes2050No
Denbighshire County Council75%No2030July 2, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
East Renfrewshire Council96%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
Glasgow City Council94%Yes2030May 16, 2019
South Ayrshire Council94%No2045No
Renfrewshire Council94%No2030June 27, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council93%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council93%Yes2045No
North Lanarkshire Council92%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Dumfries and Galloway Council92%Yes2025June 27, 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council92%Yes2045May 29, 2019
Inverclyde Council91%NoNo targetNo

These councils are the most similar to East Ayrshire 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
North of Tyne Combined Authority96%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council94%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council94%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Darlington Borough Council93%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Clackmannanshire Council93%NoNo targetAug. 19, 2021
Telford & Wrekin Council92%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Wyre Forest District Council91%YesNo targetMay 22, 2019
Scarborough Borough Council91%No2030Jan. 7, 2019
Kirklees Council91%No2038Jan. 16, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council91%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to East Ayrshire 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
Craven District Council98%No2030Aug. 6, 2019
South Lakeland District Council97%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019
Winchester City Council97%Yes2024June 5, 2019
Cornwall Council (Unitary)96%Yes2030Jan. 22, 2019
East Lothian Council96%No2045Aug. 27, 2019
West Oxfordshire District Council96%Yes2030June 26, 2019
South Somerset District Council95%Yes2023May 21, 2019
North Devon Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Cumbria County Council94%Yes2050No
East Devon District Council93%Yes2040July 24, 2019

Features

This council’s climate plan has been tagged with the following features:

Powers & Responsibilities

East Ayrshire 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

    east-ayrshire.gov.uk
    East Ayrshire Council’s official homepage.
    @EastAyrshire
    East Ayrshire Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check East Ayrshire Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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