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Fife Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

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

Council only pledge for 2045

“It is Fife Council’s ambition to work with local and national partners to achieve the latest climate change targets, requiring Fife to achieve a net zero emissions target by 2045.”

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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Fife Council was a top performer amongst single tier councils, in the Education, skills and training section.

SectionFife CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score70%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
15/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
15/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
6/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
4/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
4/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.9/5
Section 8 · Top performer Education, skills and training
5/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
1/4
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 Fife Council’s projects

41

Projects

18.0 ktCO2 per year

Total annual emissions savings

£3,925,737

Total capital cost

Emissions data

1677.0 ktCO2

Total 2019 emissions

4.5 tCO2

per person

1.2 ktCO2

per km2

8%

Commercial

36%

Domestic

23%

Industry

3%

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 Fife 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 Council82%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
West Lothian Council79%NoNo targetSept. 24, 2019
Falkirk Council77%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Midlothian Council74%No2030Dec. 17, 2019
South Ayrshire Council73%No2045No
North Lanarkshire Council73%Yes2030June 20, 2019
Carlisle City Council73%No2030March 5, 2019
Wyre Council72%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Lancaster City Council72%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
North of Tyne Combined Authority72%YesNo targetMay 7, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Fife 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
East Ayrshire Council88%No2030No
Falkirk Council87%Yes2030Aug. 26, 2019
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council86%Yes2040Sept. 18, 2019
North East Derbyshire District Council85%Yes2030July 8, 2019
Pendle Borough Council85%Yes2030July 11, 2019
Hyndburn Borough Council85%No2030Sept. 19, 2019
Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council85%No2030April 3, 2019
Leicestershire County Council84%No2030May 15, 2019
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council84%No2038Jan. 30, 2019
Ashfield District Council83%NoNo targetNo

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

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Clackmannanshire Council91%NoNo targetNo
Perth and Kinross Council89%No2045No

These councils are the most similar to Fife 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
Nottinghamshire County Council97%No2030May 27, 2021
East Staffordshire Borough Council96%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Wyre Council95%Yes2030July 11, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council93%No2030July 28, 2021
South Lanarkshire Council93%NoNo targetSept. 25, 2019
Worcester City Council92%No2030July 16, 2019
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council92%No2038March 28, 2019
Suffolk County Council92%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Erewash Borough Council92%No2050No
Brighton and Hove City Council91%Yes2030Dec. 13, 2018

These councils are the most similar to Fife 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
Bedford Borough Council98%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Oxfordshire County Council96%No2030April 2, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council96%Yes2030May 15, 2019
West Berkshire Council95%No2030July 2, 2019
Stafford Borough Council95%No2040July 23, 2019
East Hampshire District Council94%No2050July 18, 2019
West Northamptonshire Council94%NoNo targetNo
Lancaster City Council94%Yes2030Jan. 30, 2019
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Hart District Council94%Yes2040Sept. 1, 2019

Features

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

Powers & Responsibilities

Fife 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

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

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