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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

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

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 data

686.8 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.3 tCO2e

per capita

2.2 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent 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
South Lanarkshire Council85%YesNo targetSept. 25, 2019
West Lothian Council82%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
North Lanarkshire Council80%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Midlothian Council79%Yes2030Dec. 17, 2019
Fife Council78%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Renfrewshire Council78%No2030June 27, 2019
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council76%Yes2050July 25, 2019
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council74%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Fylde Borough Council74%NoNo targetNo
South Ribble Borough Council73%Yes2030July 24, 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
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council91%Yes2038Jan. 30, 2019
Erewash Borough Council91%No2050No
Kirklees Council91%Yes2038Jan. 16, 2019
Leicestershire County Council91%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Ashfield District Council89%NoNo targetNo
Hyndburn Borough Council87%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Pendle Borough Council87%Yes2030July 11, 2019
South Lanarkshire Council86%YesNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Fife Council86%Yes2045Sept. 26, 2019
Stroud District Council86%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Clackmannanshire Council98%YesNo targetNo
North Lanarkshire Council97%Yes2030June 20, 2019
West Lothian Council97%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Stirling Council92%YesNo targetOct. 3, 2019

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
West Lothian Council96%YesNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Westminster City Council96%Yes2030Sept. 18, 2019
East Sussex County Council95%Yes2050Oct. 15, 2019
Gosport Borough Council93%Yes2050No
Flintshire County Council92%NoNo targetNo
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council92%Yes2030April 3, 2019
East Suffolk Council91%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Borough Council91%Yes2030July 16, 2019
Newark and Sherwood District Council91%Yes2035July 16, 2019
London Borough of Camden91%Yes2030April 8, 2019

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%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Preston City Council95%No2030April 18, 2019
West of England Combined Authority95%Yes2030July 1, 2019
Rochford District Council95%No2030No
South Gloucestershire Council94%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council94%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Milton Keynes94%Yes2030Jan. 23, 2019
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead93%Yes2050June 26, 2019
Dacorum Council93%Yes2050July 17, 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.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    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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