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Falkirk Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Aug. 26, 2019.

Climate pledge for 2030

“In August 2019, Falkirk Council declared a Climate Emergency and “agreed to push towards increasing our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 while making Grangemouth our first carbon neutral town”.”

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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SectionFalkirk CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score14%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
6/21
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
2/9
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
0/5
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 Falkirk Council’s projects

23

Projects

2.1 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£4,161,717

Total capital cost

Emissions data

580.4 ktCO2

Total 2020 emissions

3.6 tCO2

per person

1.8 ktCO2

per km2

39%

Domestic

31%

Transport

18%

Industry

6%

Commercial

5%

Public Sector

1%

Agriculture

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 Falkirk 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
West Lothian Council90%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council85%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council84%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Midlothian Council83%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
Renfrewshire Council83%No2030June 27, 2019
Lancaster City Council78%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority78%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019
Darlington Borough Council78%Yes2050July 18, 2019
Fife Council77%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council76%Yes2038July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Falkirk 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
Sunderland City Council93%Yes2030March 27, 2019
Chorley Council92%No2030Nov. 19, 2019
Ashford Borough Council91%Yes2030No
West Lothian Council91%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North East Combined Authority91%NoNo targetNov. 5, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council90%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Worcestershire County Council89%Yes2030July 15, 2021
Ashfield District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Maidstone Borough Council88%No2030April 10, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council88%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Clackmannanshire Council98%NoNo targetAug. 19, 2021
North Lanarkshire Council97%Yes2030June 20, 2019
West Lothian Council97%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
East Dunbartonshire Council94%Yes2045No
South Lanarkshire Council94%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Glasgow City Council93%Yes2030May 16, 2019
City of Edinburgh Council93%Yes2030Feb. 7, 2019
Stirling Council92%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019
East Renfrewshire Council91%No2040Aug. 13, 2020
Perth and Kinross Council91%No2045No

These councils are the most similar to Falkirk 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
East Suffolk Council97%No2030July 24, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council97%No2030April 3, 2019
Lincolnshire County Council96%Yes2050No
Suffolk County Council96%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council95%Yes2035July 16, 2019
West Lothian Council95%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
East Sussex County Council95%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Kent County Council95%Yes2030May 23, 2019
South Ayrshire Council94%No2045No
Ashford Borough Council94%Yes2030No

These councils are the most similar to Falkirk 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
Warwick District Council97%No2030June 26, 2019
Rochford District Council94%Yes2030No
Preston City Council94%No2030April 18, 2019
South Gloucestershire Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
West of England Combined Authority93%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Milton Keynes93%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead93%No2050June 26, 2019
Hertfordshire County Council93%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Mid Sussex District Council93%YesNo targetNo

Powers & Responsibilities

Falkirk 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

    falkirk.gov.uk
    Falkirk Council’s official homepage.
    @FalkirkCouncil
    Falkirk Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Falkirk Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.

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